ACTION: Join the Bernanke whip count!

by: Chris Bowers

Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 16:57


During his time as chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke failed to identify, prevent and adequately respond to the financial crisis.  This week, the Senate will vote on whether to reconfirm Ben Bernanke to a second, four-year term as chair of the Federal Reserve.

The Senate should not confirm Bernanke without:

  • Demanding a job plan from the Federal Reserve.  The Federal Reserve is required by law to work to achieve full employment in America.  However, even as he gave two trillion dollars to Wall Street, Ben Bernanke says there is nothing he can do for Main Street.

  • Launching a comprehensive investigation into the Fed's role in the bailout of insurance giant A.I.G. and the big banks.  Taxpayers are on the hook for hundreds of billions for AIG; big banks got paid off dollar for dollar.  How does that make sense?

  • Requiring an audit of the Fed.  Trillions were used to backstop American and foreign financial institutions. What were the terms? Who got helped and who got shafted and why? The Fed can't commit literally trillions with no accountability whatsoever.  

  • Demanding a detailed admission of responsibility from Bernanke showing he understands how he missed the housing bubble, and how he will change his approach to managing the economy.

  • Probing Bernanke's views on reform.  Bernanke has opposed the administration's reform package, including the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, crucial to protecting consumers from credit card and bank abuse.
Is your Senator going to vote this week to re-appoint Ben Bernanke to run the Federal Reserve, without demanding any accountability for actions before and during the financial crisis?

You can find out TODAY by joining the "Bernanke Whip Count!"

Campaign for America's Future is partnering with OpenLeft.com on the "Bernanke Whip Count," finding out who is blindly supporting the Fed Chairman, so we can maximize grassroots pressure for accountability.


In the extended entry, you will find a list of all 100 Senators, and the phone numbers for their Washington, D.C. offices.  Call your Senators and find out where they stand on Ben Bernanke.  If your Senators have already made their position clear, you can call other Senators, too.

When you get a response from an office, either post a comment or email me at christopher_j_bowers@yahoo.com, and I will update the chart.

Call your Senators now!  A complete list of phone numbers can be found in the extended entry.

Chris Bowers :: ACTION: Join the Bernanke whip count!
Bernanke Whip Count
Yes: 40
No: 17
Undecided or unannounced: 43

60 "yes" votes needed for confirmation

STATE / SENATOR (Party) Confirm Bernanke? Office Phone Number
AK - Begich (D) Lean Yes (202) 224-3004
AK - Murkowski (R) Unknown (202) 224-6665
AL - Sessions (R) No (202) 224-4124
AL - Shelby (R) No (202) 224-5744
AR - Lincoln (D) Unknown (202) 224-4843
AR - Pryor (D) Unknown (202) 224-2353
AZ - Kyl (R) No (202) 224-4521
AZ - McCain (R) No (202) 224-2235
CA - Boxer (D) No (202) 224-3553
CA - Feinstein (D) Yes (202) 224-3841
CO - Bennet (D) Yes (202) 224-5852
CO - Udall (D) Unknown (202) 224-5941
CT- Dodd (D) Yes (202) 224-2823
CT - Lieberman (I) Yes (202) 224-4041
DE - Carper (D) Yes (202) 224-2441
DE - Kaufman (D) Unknown (202) 224-5042
FL - LeMieux (R) Unknown (202) 224-3041
FL - Bill Nelson (D) Yes (202) 224-5274
GA - Chambliss (R) Unknown (202) 224-3521
GA - Isakson (R) Unknown (202) 224-3643
HI - Akaka (D) Yes (202) 224-6361
HI - Inouye (D) Yes (202) 224-3934
IA - Grassley (R) Unknown (202) 224-3744
IA - Harkin (D) Unknown (202) 224-3254
ID - Crapo (R) No (202) 224-6142
ID - Risch (R) Unknown (202) 224-2752
IL - Burris (D) Unknown (202) 224-2854
IL - Durbin (D) Yes (202) 224-2152
IN - Bayh (D) Yes (202) 224-5623
IN - Lugar (R) Yes (202) 224-4814
KS - Brownback (R) Unknown (202) 224-6521
KS - Roberts (R) Unknown (202) 224-4774
KY - Bunning (R) No (202) 224-4343
KY - McConnell (R) Undecided (202) 224-2541
LA - Landrieu (D) Yes (202) 224-5824
LA - Vitter (R) No (202) 224-4623
MA - Kerry (D) Yes (202) 224-2742
MA - Kirk (D) Yes (202) 224-4543
MD - Cardin (D) Unknown (202) 224-4524
MD - Mikulski (D) Undecided (202) 224-4654
ME - Collins (R) Yes (202) 224-2523
ME - Snowe (R) Yes (202) 224-5344
MI - Levin (D) Unknown (202) 224-6221
MI - Stabenow (D) Undecided (202) 224-4822
MN - Franken (D) Unknown (202) 224-5641
MN - Klobuchar (D) Unknown (202) 224-3244
MO - Bond (R) Unknown (202) 224-5721
MO - McCaskill (D) Undecided (202) 224-6154
MS - Cochran (R) Unknown (202) 224-5054
MS - Wicker (R) No (202) 224-6253
MT - Baucus (D) Yes (202) 224-2651
MT - Tester (D) Yes (202) 224-2644
NC - Burr (R) Yes (202) 224-3154
NC - Hagan (D) Yes (202) 224-6342
ND - Conrad (D) Yes (202) 224-6342
ND - Dorgan (D) No (202) 224-2551
NE - Johanns (R) Yes (202) 224-4224
NE - Ben Nelson (D) Unknown (202) 224-6551
NH - Gregg (R) Yes (202) 224-3324
NH - Shaheen (D) Unknown (202) 224-2841
NJ - Lautenberg (D) Unknown (202) 224-3224
NJ - Menendez (D) Yes (202) 224-4744
NM - Bingaman (D) Yes (202) 224-5521
NM - Udall (D) Unknown (202) 224-6621
NV - Ensign (R) Unknown (202) 224-6244
NV - Reid (D) Yes (202) 224-3542
NY - Gillibrand (D) Unknown (202) 224-4451
NY - Schumer (D) Yes (202) 224-6542
OH - Brown (D) Yes (202) 224-2315
OH - Voinovich (R) Yes (202) 224-3353
OK - Coburn (R) Unknown (202) 224-5754
OK - Inhofe (R) No (202) 224-4721
OR - Merkley (D) No (202) 224-3753
OR - Wyden (D) Undecided (202) 224-5244
PA - Casey (D) Undecided (202) 224-6324
PA - Specter (D) Unknown (202) 224-4254
RI - Reed (D) Yes (202) 224-4642
RI - Whitehouse (D) Yes (202) 224-2921
SC - DeMint (R) No (202) 224-6121
SC - Graham (R) Yes (202) 224-5972
SD - Johnson (D) Yes (202) 224-5842
SD - Thune (R) Unknown (202) 224-2321
TN - Alexander (R) Yes (202) 224-4944
TN - Corker (R) Yes (202) 224-3344
TX - Cornyn (R) No (202) 224-2934
TX - Hutchinson (R) No (202) 224-5922
UT - Bennett (R) Yes (202) 224-5444
UT - Hatch (R) Yes (202) 224-5251
VA - Warner (D) Yes (202) 224-2023
VA - Webb (D) Undecided (202) 224-4024
VT - Leahy (D) Unknown (202) 224-4242
VT - Sanders (I) No (202) 224-5141
WA - Cantwell (D) Undecided (202) 224-3441
WA - Murray (D) Undecided (202) 224-2621
WI - Feingold (D) No (202) 224-5323
WI - Kohl (D) Yes (202) 224-5653
WV - Byrd (D) Yes (202) 224-3954
WV - Rockefeller (D) Undecided (202) 224-6472
WY - Barrasso (R) Unknown (202) 224-6441
WY - Enzi (R) Unknown (202) 224-3424
(Source for many Senators)


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Thanks for this (0.00 / 0)
Trying the mobilization against Bernanke to these larger issues is exactly the way to make sure it has the maximum impact in the longer term.

Great work.

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.


You care about Equal Rights? (0.00 / 0)
How about allow every American serf borrow unlimited money at the prime lending rate, not just the aristocrats.

MI update = little news (4.00 / 3)
Hi Chris,
I'm a MI resident and called both Stabenow and Levin. I extracted a statement from Stabenow's office that they haven't yet made a decision. Levin's office said they had "not yet made a formal statement" and would not clarify whether they'd yet made a decision. I left my comments with both offices.  

Thank you very much (4.00 / 1)
Good work!

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