NOT GONNA HAPPEN
"This bill will not pass the Senate"
Congressman Roy Blunt tells The Notebook Friday that his vote to tax 90 percent of bonus money allotted to the big banks was "all about sending a message" and says he's confident the bill won't pass the U.S. Senate.
"If it was going to be real, it would have to have a lot more thought than that bill had," Blunt said in an interview Friday.
Blunt signaled that he might not have voted to tax the bonuses if he knew the legislation had a chance of passing and being signed by the President. "This is all about sending a message. You're going to get slapped back if you do things that don't make sense to people," Blunt explained, calling it a "purely political" vote.
"I'm for sending messages occasionally, and the message here is, when you take a lot of taxpayer money, you have a different level of responsibility than you had before," Blunt said. "This bill will not pass the Senate. This was all about messaging to people who've taken TARP money."
The vote to tax bonuses divided the House GOP caucus, with Blunt voting in favor of it along with 84 other Republicans, including Whip Eric Cantor. House Minority Leader John Boehner voted "no."
Politico on Blunt and Adam Putnam: " . . . the populist anger over bonuses paid by a bailed-out company all but required them to get in line behind the Democrats’ tax plan."
Blunt and Putnam are both candidates for statewide office.
BELOW: BLUNT ON GEITHNER
The Congressman said he doesn't have confidence in the Treasury Secretary yet, but is willing to give him more time.
"I'm willing to give him some more time and he needs more help," Blunt said of the Secretary.
Notes 20 vacancies remain in key advisory roles
"I do think he's probably working as hard as anybody in Washington right now, maybe harder, but not producing very good results because he's not fully populated the government with people that need to do these jobs," Blunt explained.