If Senate Republicans don't strike a deal with Democrats on financial reform soon, George Voinovich is going to cross party lines to insist on a floor debate—and he expects “a whole bunch” of other Republicans to make the same decision, he said yesterday. The American people “want us to get something done,” the Ohio Republican tells CNN.
But negotiations aren't going well. Bob Corker says he doesn't expect Richard Shelby and Chris Dodd to strike a bipartisan deal. “I just know where they are policy-wise and I just don't see it,” he says. The main sticking point remains the consumer protection agency, on which Shelby professes to have “constructive recommendations.” Dodd scoffs. “They don't want a consumer protection agency at all,” he said. “Let's be honest about it.” (Read more George Voinovich stories.)