TAG Extension Clears Senate Procedural Vote

Senate could vote on the measure to extend the TAG program as early as Thursday.

A procedural Senate vote Tuesday to consider S. 3637, which would extend the Transaction Account Guarantee, won by a significant margin of 76-20, according to the official roll call posted on the Senate Website.

All Senate Democrats voted yes on the measure, with the exception of Sens. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who did not cast votes. All 20 “nay” votes were cast by Senate Republicans.

Following the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) immediately filed a cloture motion to proceed directly to a vote on the bill itself, which could happen as early as Thursday morning.

Reid also filled the amendment tree on the bill, which means amendments will not be allowed. That’s a big win for banks, because it kills the possibility that credit union legislation that would raise the member business lending cap could be attached to the bill.

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