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Here Come the Amendments

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced last night, the Senate this afternoon will consider seven amendments before voting on a proposed $2

Paolo Reyna
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Aug 06, 2009

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced last night, the Senate this afternoon will consider seven amendments before voting on a proposed $2 billion extension for the popular cash for clunkers program, which has nearly exhausted its initial $1 billion funding.

The amendments are:

  • Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa): To limit the provision of vouchers to individuals with adjusted gross incomes of less than $50,000 or joint filers with adjusted gross incomes of less than $75,000.
  • Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.): In the nature of a substitute.
  • Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.): To protect generations of tomorrow from paying for new cars today.
  • Sen. David Vitter (R-La.): To provide for a date certain for termination of the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
  • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.): To provide assistance to charities and families in need.
  • Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.): To prohibit the Federal Government from holding ownership interests, and for other purposes
  • Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an income tax credit for certain home purchases, and to transfer to the Treasury unobligated funds made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in the amount of the reduction in revenue resulting from such credit.

Of course, most supporters of the underlying cash for clunkers extension, including President Obama, want to pass a clean bill without any amendments attached, because any changes to the bill would require agreement from the House, which is on a five-week vacation.

As a Reid spokesperson said yesterday, “Obviously, we don’t want them to pass because then the bill doesn’t go anywhere.”

Expect the clean bill within a few hours.

Paolo Reyna | Paolo is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in International Studies with a Latin American emphasis. During the fall semester of 2012, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru, which piqued his interest in international growth. He learned about the disparities that impact indigenous peoples, got a taste of Peruvian culture, and improved his Spanish skills. Mitchel interned with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, conducting research on food security in Latin America, after being inspired by his foreign experience. He wants to work in international development and for a government department, writing legislation. He loves playing intramural basketball and practicing for the Chicago marathon when he is not thinking about current events in Latin America.


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