Missouri, Kansas delegations split on auto bailout

Before President Bush loaned $13.4 billion to GM and Chrysler, Congress voted on a similar bailout package. Passing the House on largely partisan lines, Senate Republicans marshaled forces enough to stop the taxpayer-funded giveaway. With notable cases in bold, here’s how the Kansas and Missouri congressional delegations voted:


YES (supported bailout)

Sen. Kit Bond (R)
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D)
Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-1)
Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-2)
Rep. Ike Skelton (D-4)
Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-5)
Rep. JoAnn Emerson (R-8)

NO (opposed bailout)

Rep. Todd Akin (R-3)
Rep. Sam Graves (R-6)
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-7)
Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-9)


YES (supported bailout)

Sen. Sam Brownback (R)
Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-2)
Rep. Dennis Moore (D-3)

NO (opposed bailout)

Sen. Pat Roberts (R)
Rep. Jerry Moran (R-1)
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-4)

A word on some of the notable votes:

Bond faces a potentially tight re-elect bid in 2010 and no doubt didn’t want to hand his opponent a jobs and economy issue like this one. Had he opposed the bailout and the state’s auto industry shed jobs, his vote would certainly be used against him in two years. Beyond that, Kit Bond has never been a limited-government conservative, and may simply have believed that bailing out the struggling car makers was the right course of action.

Emerson was one of 32 House Republicans to support the bailout, the only one from Missouri to do so. Her Southeast Missouri district is the state’s poorest and while culturally conservative is probably more economic populist than anything else.Add that to the fact that she is something of a moderate Republican, and her vote is not entirely surprising.

The Kirkwood-Webster Times wrote about Akin‘s opposition and the reaction of disgruntled local union leaders (Hat Tip: John Combest). With a Chrysler plant in his district many politicians might have caved. Akin stood up for taxpayers, common sense and the free market system, and did a good job explaining his vote to the public. Keep up the good work, Congressman.

Brownback is widely expected to run for governor in two years, and certainly had to be thinking about that when he cast his vote. That being said, Brownback is also a man of conscience and I don’t believe his decision-making is strictly political. Judging by this piece in the Dodge City Globe, his comments to constituents regarding his support have been restrained, and he has suggested that union concessions should not be ruled out in any assistance deal. Ultimately, however, the Senator cited Goodyear and GM plants in Topeka and Kansas City, Kansas as being decisive in his support for the bailout.



Filed under Bailouts, Economy, Missouri Politics

3 responses to “Missouri, Kansas delegations split on auto bailout

  1. Brian T. Johnson

    Ken, in what way do you feel Rep. Emerson is not representing the district? From what I know, she is socially conservative and economically moderate – which is probably a pretty good reflection of much of the Eighth congressional district.

  2. Ken

    Jo Ann needs a new job! People of the 8th district in Missouri are scared to change. A large number of people will admit her voting record isn’t representing them, but won’t vote for the change we need in this free country. It is simple, if she isn’t representing you vote her out next time you get the chance. Stand up for yourself you will feel great that you did. We need to live like were free and vote with our heart and leave the rest up to God.

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