Senate supports auto dealer carveout

The Senate voted Monday in support of exempting auto dealers from a new consumer financial regulator that is part of the Wall Street overhaul bill.

The 60-30 vote is a nonbinding message to House and Senate lawmakers drafting the final version of the legislation. The vote comes over the strong opposition of the White House, Defense Department and Treasury Department.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again MORE (D-Nev.) bucked the White House to vote in support of the exemption. Ten senators were absent.

The House passed legislation in December that included an exemption for auto dealers. The Senate Wall Street overhaul bill passed last week did not include the same exemption.

The House and Senate are planning to resolve differences between the two pieces of legislation before the July Fourth recess. Monday's nonbinding vote and the House's provision from December may not prevail in the end.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) both oppose the carveout.

"Just because it's there doesn't mean it has to stay," Dodd said Thursday when asked about the House provision.

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) is the main backer of legislation carving out auto dealers. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is strongly supporting an exemption.

"The Senate clearly supports not including Main Street auto dealers in the Wall Street reform bill," NADA President Phil Brady said. "Dealers across the country are pleased that both the Senate and House are now on record supporting language which is pro-consumer and preserves dealer-assisted financing as an affordable, convenient and competitive source of credit."

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This story was posted at 6:01 p.m. and updated at 6:46 p.m.