In his closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans on Wednesday, Vice President Dick Cheney urged them to get behind the auto rescue package. “If we don’t do this, we will be known as the party of Herbert Hoover forever,” Cheney said. Ignoring the White House’s plea, Senate Republicans have declared their interest in union-busting rather than aiding the auto industry workforce. CongressDaily reports that Sen. George Voinovich, who supported the auto loans, is among those urging Bush to move quickly with an auto rescue that would entail shifting funds from the $700 billion bailout package for Wall Street.
Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, who supported the loan, said: “I wouldn’t wait at all because the longer you wait, the worse it gets. One thing I’d sure not want to have on my record is I’m known as George Herbert Hoover Bush.”