Feingold said he was "greatly disappointed" by the action:
“I supported this plan to help the U.S. auto industry because without this assistance, millions of American jobs, including tens of thousands in Wisconsin, will be jeopardized. In these tough economic times, allowing our auto manufacturers to fail could be catastrophic for our economy and could send already increasing unemployment levels skyrocketing. I am greatly disappointed that some Senators didn’t hesitate to bail out Wall Street, but decided not to help millions of working class Americans.”Kohl said he hoped Congress would reconsider the package:
"We regret that the rescue package didn’t pass. Especially because the auto industry is so important to our economy. We hope Congress will have another opportunity to provide a bridge loan in January or that the Treasury will act."When the bill was considered by the House, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan voted yes.