Aug 7, 2009

Clunkers program nearly hit a speed bump

Tom Harkin (pictured), a Democratic Senator from Iowa nearly delayed additional funding for the Cash for Clunkers program for at least one month.

A report at the link below says the effort to inject another two billion dollars into the Cash for Clunkers program nearly hit a road block in the Senate that could have killed or delayed the bill.

The Harkin amendment would have limited clunker rebates to individuals with annual incomes of $50,000 or less.

Republicans threw their support behind the amendment giving it a good chance of passing -- unless the majority of Democrats, who mostly favored the amendment, voted against it.

Why would the Democrats vote against the amendment they all favored?

If the Harkin amendment passed in the Senate, the House would have needed to take up the bill again.

The problem with that is the House has already adjourned for its August recess.
Did Sen. Harkin not think his amendment through in his haste to put his name on something or is he simply not the brightest bulb in the chandelier?

Anyway, by voting against an amendment they wanted, the Democrats averted a Cash for Clunkers roadblock allowing them to vote an additional two billion dollars to keep the program going until the August recess is over.