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House Passes Bailout Bill 263-171

They've done it: By a vote of 263 to 171, the House of Representatives has approved a $700 billion bailout plan in the hopes of propping up the nation's economy, which has been besieged by the fallout from the subprime mortgage crisis.

Banks have failed. There has been a re-ordering of some of the biggest players on Wall Street. Credit has dried up. And now, at the behest of the Bush administration, both houses of Congress have passed this landmark legislation.

Asked whether President Bush would sign the legislation today, White House spokesman Tony Fratto told reporters this morning, "If the bill passes, we'd like to sign it as quickly as possible, as soon as they get it to us." Bush is scheduled to depart Washington today to spend the weekend at his ranch in Texas.

Stay tuned for what will likely be a flurry of news conferences, statements, and who knows what else from the White House, both sides of the aisle in Congress, and the dozens of special interest groups that have been pushing for the bailout.

-- Michael S. Rosenwald

By Sara Goo  |  October 3, 2008; 1:30 PM ET
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Now comes the part where George W. Bush says, "I would like to thank members of Congress for passing this bill, which was made necessary by eight years of failed policies on my part," right?

Posted by: OfficerMancuso | October 3, 1908 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Anyway that we common citizens can read this bill?

I doubt many of our representatives have read it yet.

Posted by: MDLaxer | October 3, 1908 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Wall Street wins. The people lose. So, what else is new? The billionaires will be laughing all the way to their off shore banks.

Posted by: Jihm | October 3, 1908 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I have trouble thinking this was an "oops" by the congress and senate and others. I tend to think this was a orchestrated attack on the American economy by people of the paulson, bernanke, bush ilk. Not to destroy as much as give the richest people more financial power. To me even the scare tactics used By bush, dodd, pelosi and others is simple Financial Terrorism and should be dealt with as such.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 1908 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Don't be surprised if nothing of substance happens.

Posted by: Chris | October 3, 1908 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Nancy Pelosi for your leadership!

Posted by: Maria, Ohio | October 3, 1908 1:48 PM | Report abuse

This is just as stupid as invading Iraq for WMD - when we knew there were none, but just wanted an excuse to gain control of their oil fields.

The underlying problem still is the US-only residential-only mortgages - and we're now going to waste $700 billion of middle class tax dollars we don't have and not solve that basic problem.

It's like invading Iraq when it was Saudis who attacked us on 9-11, based out of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

It's that stupid.

And it will be that effective - as in, not.

Posted by: Will in Seattle | October 3, 1908 1:48 PM | Report abuse

this just proves if u put enough PORK in any bill it will pass.

Posted by: randy | October 3, 1908 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Once again the Congress, run by the Democrat party, has flipped off the American people in favor of the money men who pad their pockets!

Posted by: Jeff Crocket | October 3, 1908 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh holy crap. I have visions of taking a barrel full of $100s to the store to buy a loaf of bread now.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 1908 1:49 PM | Report abuse

the public will be buying up the mortgages at current value, hopefully writing down the principle to today's market value and holding the mortgage until the market comes back a little to cover the mortgage to make it marketable.

should make a few bucks or breakeven at least and cover inflation. I should be able to go out and get my home equity line and pay-off those ridiculus credit cards. I'm debt free in five years, thanks for keeping the financial markets off the floor, where only those with cash would be OK (the real rich folks).

Posted by: Rick | October 3, 1908 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Well done, Comrades.

Posted by: Good Libertarian | October 3, 1908 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Please rush this new bailout bill to President Bush as soon as possible. I wouldn't like to ruin his weekend.
This bill represents another nail in the coffin that represents the quality of life we have here in the US. Our children and grandchildren will be paying for this bailout and the rest of the deficit that the Bush administration has caused in the last seven years, for generations.
God help us if the new Mavericks take office. From that old rock song "won't be fooled again" Meet the New Boss, Same As the Old Boss.

Posted by: Bob, Brooklyn New York | October 3, 1908 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Did Congress pass this bill to help us or to line their own pockets?
Once again the US taxpayers are the ones mopping up the mess for corporations making bad decisions. Is it really any wonder why these corporations continue to behave badly? The US electorate should be furious!!

Posted by: AJ | October 3, 1908 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Well Americans get ready for the fall of your lives. i have done all i can to get this not to pass. but all you f-ing loser out thier listening to the lies of washington will get what is comming to you.

wait until they come back in a few months and say well that didn't work. we need more and i will be laughing all the way.

you just bail out china and all other countrys that have bought most of these worthless securitys, and our great potatohead paulson will buy all of them with american tax payers money.

and guess what, americans will still fall into the biggest DEPRESSION THAT MOST OF US HAS EVER SEEN..


Every low life that supported this crap should just dust off their resameys they will need it..

to all americans, when you wake up in a few days from the dream that this is going to save us americans and you see all your money gone and wallstreet takening all that money to off shore banks were they have already have 3 trillion. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Posted by: david,veteran | October 3, 1908 1:57 PM | Report abuse

You are supposed represent the people of this country. Instead you are stealing from future generations of Americans who will have to pay for this bill. People will notice this one. All these traitors will not see another term in the office - not now, and never again in the future. This bill is the biggest theft in the history of human kind. People will walk out to the streets and revolution will finally happen for this country. History will show.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 1908 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Pre-Election, well orchestrated gimmick by Demos. They will lose dearly!

Posted by: Sam | October 3, 1908 2:02 PM | Report abuse

(smoking a cig).....was it as good for you as it was for me. What a rape job. Are you kidding me. I just might sue the government for Theft. This is such a travisty...this is theft on proportions uknown in history. People should be in the streets revolting.

Posted by: Lauren | October 3, 1908 2:03 PM | Report abuse

This is scary. I wish the Congress had paid attention to people like Robert Reich and this paper's James K. Galbraith. Now lots of our taxpayer money is in the hands of a former Wall Street fat-cat and crony of the Bush administration. Is the oversight tough enough? What's he really buying with that money? Isn't he buying "mortgage-backed securities?" Isn't that just a load of worthless paper technically tied to NOTHING?! Is Wall Street being rewarded for its greed and recklessness yet again?!

Posted by: Ike | October 3, 1908 2:03 PM | Report abuse

(smoking a cig).....was it as good for you as it was for me. What a rape job. Are you kidding me. I just might sue the government for Theft. This is such a travisty...this is theft on proportions uknown in history. People should be in the streets revolting.

Posted by: Lauren | October 3, 1908 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey they passed the bill. How come market is going down? What WS does not like it?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 1908 2:05 PM | Report abuse

We all know we are in a dismal situation, but this is constructive to getting the us back on track. Much of the most highly vocal protest and whining seems to be the not so plaintive lament of gold investors and transactors. Fear and gold - its stillborn child - do not seed or fertilize human initiative toward building a better future for all. Congratulations to the skill and courage of our Representatives!

Posted by: MHO | October 3, 1908 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi should resign if not thrown out. It is shameful that OUR HOUSE is represented by this idiot!

Posted by: Stan | October 3, 1908 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Man you wait till they can't find buyers for these 850 billions in t-bills! Gold will go thru the roof. That will be the mother of all financial crises.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 1908 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Our regal representatives are jumping with joy over the passage of their bill. They need to look in the mirror so as to realize that the finacial train wreck we are experiencing is due to their loyalty to election contributions from the slim balls on "K" street and the dereliction in their duties to the folks that pay the bills that keep our country running. Maybe its time for a change, term limits sound like a winner at this point. Eliminate the bait that feeds their corruption. They need to eliminate the pork from their diet as well. Try some beef for awhile. Disgusted in Virginia....

Posted by: Lou Rosgen | October 3, 1908 2:15 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: LHaines | October 3, 1908 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to socialism, via the democratic party. But, this just isn't socialism, and redistribution of wealth to the poor...this is redistribution of wealth to the RICH AND POOR, on the backs of the middle class. Isn't that all we heard last night. Biden/Obama want to help the middle class? LOL....LOL...yea right.

Just wait till Obama gets in there yet....if you think GW is bad. Liberal Congress AND liberal president. And, make no mistake about it...dems will get in through fraud, intimidation and corruption.

So long democracy. It's been nice.

Posted by: DJ | October 3, 1908 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Once again Bush has ridden** the country to the catastrophic edge of a precipice.
** Not "led" - because that presumes too much intelligent intent.

Two (2) things Congress needed (but, as always, failed) to get right:

1) Needed was a "firesale buy-out" not a bail out. Those holding paper of dubious value should have gotten a one-time-only offer of 20-cents on the dollar - take it or leave it, you have 24 hours to decide.

2) Taxpayers deserved to know that heads would roll among those responsible (or, in the case of somnambulent regulators - irresponsible) for this mess. We've had more than our fill of the Bush/Rumfeldian passive-voice: "mistakes were made", "stuff happens", and "democracy is untidy".

If Obama or McCain wanted to sell us on a near-term "fix"- they should have committed to appointing a junkyard dog at Justice whose sole job will be identifying, hunting-down and persecuting (if not prosecuting) every one of those[ir]responsible for this mess.

Congress should have committed to a full-tilt, multi-year, non-stop, no-holds-barred investigation to identify EVERYONE who contributed to this fiasco (including members of Congress); and if they're not actually prosecutable -- expose them publicly and prominently for all to see. (ala McCain's "... and you will know their names, my friends ")

It's long past time to re-apply that timeless admonition to Wall St: "Nothing so concentrates the mind as the prospect of being hung in a fortnight"

Posted by: HypocrisyPosse | October 3, 1908 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Was anyone else able to see the "good" in this bill? How are these tax cuts are going to help the average tax paying American? I am sooooo pissed off!

Posted by: SGM | October 3, 1908 2:18 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: LHAINES | October 3, 1908 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The Bush Legacy Bill
All the eternal losses for legislation not worth the paper they printed it on and instead of a chorus of angels, we hear a chorus of debtors groaning out to the ages for paradise lost. We made up money this morning sir and here's the bill to prove it. Then he signs in his own hand another stupid executive order for this historians to chuckle about way off in the future. The history of Wall Street will take even more time and more writing to explain. The kids will understand. Put your house up for sale and get something new, the bailout money is coming to Main Street and we are headed for a Bush Boom. The bust is over and happy days are here again. Maybe they can all sign it in their blood.

Posted by: JD in PA | October 3, 1908 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: Charlotte | October 3, 1908 3:39 PM | Report abuse

We have 263 Port addicted gluttons in the House. Let's name each of them and make sure they don't get re-elected.Thank you to the 171 who tried to hold the line.

Posted by: Connie | October 3, 1908 7:02 PM | Report abuse

shame on you congressmen & women who voted
in this shameful bailout package.I wish we
could read the whole package.
May God have mercy on these shameful works of
this county. Praise to our Savior Jesus Christ;for is still in control and be will
judge the sins of this nation. Ie. abortion
for all the; precise lives this nation has
allowed though roe v way!

Posted by: bill shawano'wis. | October 3, 1908 9:19 PM | Report abuse


In the biggest robbery ever to take place in the United States, 263 Congressmen and 75 Senators, who were encouraged to violate their fiduciary responsibility to look out for the best interest of the American taxpayers, did exactly that on Friday.

In a scene that was the foundation of the reason for the Revolutionary War, in which the founding fathers of the United States fought and died to be free from “Taxation without representation,” almost a TRILLION DOLLARS of taxpayer’s money was simply given away to Wall Street to compensate for the greed and criminality that brought them to this point.

"We are addressing the real pain felt by Mr. and Mrs. Jones on Main Street," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said. "They are why we must pass this legislation today."

This quote above, from the Speaker of the house, highlights a government of inept representatives that have no correlation to the wishes of the American people or an understanding that just because action needs to be taken, doesn’t mean that this was the right action to take.

But the 95 Democrats and 133 Republicans who voted against the bill were responding to a deluge of calls and messages from their constituents demanding that they defeat what many saw as a $700 billion giveaway to Wall Street when average Americans were getting no help.

Praise to the 95 Democrats and 133 Republicans for recognizing that they represent their constituents, and are not free to spend almost a TRILLION DOLLARS without consequences.

"It's disgusting that we would ever be brought to this floor to cast this vote," said Rep. Zach Wamp of Tennessee, a Republican who changed to a "yes" vote. But "Congress has to act. We are out of options. Hold your hand over your heart and vote 'yes.'"

This sentiment was how most who voted for the bill felt. Have they never heard that if it doesn’t feel right, they should not do it? On the most basic level, with millions of phone calls, faxes, texts, and emails, with protests in the streets, and with polls showing that over 80% were against a giveaway, 263 Congressmen and 75 Senators voted to simply give away taxpayer’s money.

Not all were convinced. "The Treasury plan throws an ungodly amount at Wall Street," said Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio. "This is just an end run around, right before an election. Pray for our republic."

Praise to Marcy Kaptur, and to the rest of the 25 Senators and 171 Congressmen who did not vote in favor of the sellout.

In the end, 33 Democrats and 25 Republicans switched from opposition to support. In all, 91 Republicans joined 172 Democrats to support the measure while 108 Republicans and 63 Democrats voted 'no."

Where was Nancy Reagan when she was needed to tell Congress to “just say no” instead of bowing to peer pressure. The flip-flop of the 33 Democrate and 25 Republicans who changed their mind and caved in to the peer pressure while in the midst of 80% of the people clearly saying “no” makes one wonder how we ever expect our children not to do so. How many of us have ever said to our child: “If little Johnny jumped of a bridge, does that mean you would jump off a bridge?” This rhetorical question is at the heart of this matter. In opposition to the will of the taxpayers that they were sworn to represent, these representatives had the nerve – the gall – to give away our money to Wall Street.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent out a letter warning that, absent a clear resolution to the financial crisis, California and other states "may be unable to obtain the necessary level of financing to maintain government operations and may be forced to turn to the federal Treasury for short-term financing."

Take a look at the last line from input by Gov. Schwarzenegger: He is stating that California “may be forced to turn to the federal Treasury for short-term financing” if something is not done.

And that’s the specific point of the breach of fiduciary responsibility by the representatives that voted “yes” for this bill, and of the spotlight that has been shown on how dangerous our system of government has become. Gov. Schwarznegger would have been forced to ask for “short-term financing” because no one would ever have expected our federal government to simply “give” California our tax dollars with no interest and no pay-back.

Yet in return for greed, mismanagement, and criminal activity, 263 members of our House of Representatives and 75 Senators voted to do EXACTLY that: Give away almost a TRILLION DOLLARS with no agreement for the funds to ever be paid back.

Just think about this for a second: After all the people that have lost their home because of spiralling payments due to huge interest rates and payment increases, refusals to refinance, and people being forced from the homes, after bundling mortgages that they knew were bogus and selling them to investors, after Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac CEO’s earning $40 MILLION annual salaries, they came to our government saying they needed help, and instead of structuring a loan, which is the very nature of the business in the first place, Congress voted to GIVE THEM ALMOST A TRILLION DOLLARS with the rationale that they needed to take action now.

So the Governor of California would say to the federal government: “I need short term financing” if things got too bad, but Wall Street simply gets a handout. What did they do, land on free-parking? Or was this REAL MONEY – OUR MONEY – that Congress had a fiduciary responsibility to protect?

When our founding fathers created our Republic, they had no idea 220 years that there would be so much corruption. In their day, 1 representative rode his horse to the meeting. There were no computers or voting booths, and it wasn’t feasible for everyone to go to a meeting to raise their own hand. But today, each state could be much more responsible for their own issues, with local votes by the people in that jurisdiction, while quarterly national voting could be easily done to approve the budget and vote on how WE THE PEOPLE want our country run.

The Republic, the way it stands, NO LONGER WORKS. Therefore even if we could bring legal action to remove and imprison the representatives that violated their fiduciary responsibility and simply stole taxpayer funds, the system is still corrupt and obviously will never change. And certainly, our representatives will not change it, which is why they spend millions of dollars of their own money to get a $100,000 position.

The question is: how courageous are we? Are we anywhere near as courageous as our founding fathers who fought against “Taxation without representation?” Because I believe that’s the question befoe us. Our military, our national guard, our police, our fire and rescue, and our private citizens need to simply descend on Washington DC and remove every politican from Capital Hill.

Then we need to have new leaders who create a DEMOCRACY, not a Republic, and set quarterly votes for citizens only to vote. How long will it take for the majority to vote to recognize English as our national language? How long would it take the people to vote not to give away our money to those who should have been prosecuted for their criminal activity? How long would it take the people to remove all “pork” (code word for bribery, theft, coercion, extortion) from the budget? How long would it take for us to vote not to give elected officials lifetime pensions?

The hard working citizens of the United States of America are way more intelligent, capable, and level-headed than the Republic has made us look to the rest of the world. We’ve been made to look unstable, we’re overdrawn $9.3 TRILLION DOLLARS, and the corruption has grown to be so obvious that China doesn’t want to lend us any more money. Does that raise your eyebrows?
There is no fix for our system, other than to abandon it. In 1789 there was integrity, short life spans, no way of all the people voting, and no interference from special interest groups to any significance. Democracy works, but a Republic, which is what we have now, clearly does not, as we just witnessed: While 8 out of 10 Americans were against simply giving money to Wall Street, the majority of our elected representatives voted in favor of rewarding Wall street with almost a TRILLION DOLLARS with no pay back.

It’s the most criminal display of violation of fiduciary responsibility I can imagine, and I do believe it’s the worst day America has EVER seen. We were attacked in 1941 at Pearl harbor by our enemies, and again in 2001 by our enemies in New York. But on Friday, 10/03/08, a day that will “live in infamy” we were attacked from within, by those whom we trusted. They simply dipped into our account and gave away our money to those who had systematically ripped us off, even as we protested in the streets.

Anyone interested in putting together a plan of attack to take our country back is more than welcome to respond. The first revolutionary war started with the boldness of 1 individual who felt strongly enough that drastic change was needed that it led to the great independent nation of the United States of America.

It’s time for ALL AMERICANS to work together to modify the existing, broken republic to be a Democracy, and to allow us to vote on a quarterly basis for what we want, with no corrupt, elected official in a position to simply steal our money at will, right in our faces, while we are screaming at them not to do so.

Input invited!

Posted by: Rob Raskin | October 4, 1908 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Here's the entire bill.

Posted by: Rob Raskin | October 4, 1908 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Voting yes were 172 Democrats and 91 Republicans.
Voting no were 63 Democrats and 108 Republicans.
X denotes those not voting.
There is 1 vacancy in the 435-member House.
Democrats — Cramer, Y; Davis, Y.
Republicans — Aderholt, N; Bachus, Y; Bonner, Y; Everett, Y; Rogers, Y.
Republicans — Young, N.
Democrats — Giffords, Y; Grijalva, N; Mitchell, Y; Pastor, Y.
Republicans — Flake, N; Franks, N; Renzi, N; Shadegg, Y.
Democrats — Berry, Y; Ross, Y; Snyder, Y.
Republicans — Boozman, Y.
Democrats — Baca, Y; Becerra, N; Berman, Y; Capps, Y; Cardoza, Y; Costa, Y; Davis, Y; Eshoo, Y; Farr, Y; Filner, N; Harman, Y; Honda, Y; Lee, Y; Lofgren, Zoe, Y; Matsui, Y; McNerney, Y; Miller, George, Y; Napolitano, N; Pelosi, Y; Richardson, Y; Roybal-Allard, N; Sanchez, Linda T., N; Sanchez, Loretta, N; Schiff, Y; Sherman, N; Solis, Y; Speier, Y; Stark, N; Tauscher, Y; Thompson, Y; Waters, Y; Watson, Y; Waxman, Y; Woolsey, Y.
Republicans — Bilbray, N; Bono Mack, Y; Calvert, Y; Campbell, Y; Doolittle, N; Dreier, Y; Gallegly, N; Herger, Y; Hunter, N; Issa, N; Lewis, Y; Lungren, Daniel E., Y; McCarthy, N; McKeon, Y; Miller, Gary, Y; Nunes, N; Radanovich, Y; Rohrabacher, N; Royce, N.
Democrats — DeGette, Y; Perlmutter, Y; Salazar, N; Udall, N.
Republicans — Lamborn, N; Musgrave, N; Tancredo, Y.
Democrats — Courtney, N; DeLauro, Y; Larson, Y; Murphy, Y.
Republicans — Shays, Y.
Republicans — Castle, Y.
Democrats — Boyd, Y; Brown, Corrine, Y; Castor, N; Hastings, Y; Klein, Y; Mahoney, Y; Meek, Y; Wasserman Schultz, Y; Wexler, Y.
Republicans — Bilirakis, N; Brown-Waite, Ginny, N; Buchanan, Y; Crenshaw, Y; Diaz-Balart, L., N; Diaz-Balart, M., N; Feeney, N; Keller, N; Mack, N; Mica, N; Miller, N; Putnam, Y; Ros-Lehtinen, Y; Stearns, N; Weldon, Y; Young, N.
Democrats — Barrow, N; Bishop, Y; Johnson, N; Lewis, Y; Marshall, Y; Scott, Y.
Republicans — Broun, N; Deal, N; Gingrey, N; Kingston, N; Linder, N; Price, N; Westmoreland, N.
Democrats — Abercrombie, Y; Hirono, Y.
Republicans — Sali, N; Simpson, Y.
Democrats — Bean, Y; Costello, N; Davis, Y; Emanuel, Y; Foster, Y; Gutierrez, Y; Hare, Y; Jackson, Y; Lipinski, N; Rush, Y; Schakowsky, Y.
Republicans — Biggert, Y; Johnson, N; Kirk, Y; LaHood, Y; Manzullo, N; Roskam, N; Shimkus, N; Weller, Y.
Democrats — Carson, Y; Donnelly, Y; Ellsworth, Y; Hill, N; Visclosky, N.
Republicans — Burton, N; Buyer, N; Pence, N; Souder, Y.
Democrats — Boswell, Y; Braley, Y; Loebsack, Y.
Republicans — King, N; Latham, N.
Democrats — Boyda, N; Moore, Y.
Republicans — Moran, N; Tiahrt, N.
Democrats — Chandler, N; Yarmuth, Y.
Republicans — Davis, N; Lewis, Y; Rogers, Y; Whitfield, N.
Democrats — Cazayoux, N; Jefferson, N; Melancon, Y.
Republicans — Alexander, Y; Boustany, Y; McCrery, Y; Scalise, N.
Democrats — Allen, Y; Michaud, N.
Democrats — Cummings, Y; Edwards, Y; Hoyer, Y; Ruppersberger, Y; Sarbanes, Y; Van Hollen, Y.
Republicans — Bartlett, N; Gilchrest, Y.
Democrats — Capuano, Y; Delahunt, N; Frank, Y; Lynch, N; Markey, Y; McGovern, Y; Neal, Y; Olver, Y; Tierney, Y; Tsongas, Y.
Democrats — Conyers, N; Dingell, Y; Kildee, Y; Kilpatrick, Y; Levin, Y; Stupak, N.
Republicans — Camp, Y; Ehlers, Y; Hoekstra, Y; Knollenberg, Y; McCotter, N; Miller, N; Rogers, N; Upton, Y; Walberg, N.
Democrats — Ellison, Y; McCollum, Y; Oberstar, Y; Peterson, N; Walz, N.
Republicans — Bachmann, N; Kline, Y; Ramstad, Y.
Democrats — Childers, N; Taylor, N; Thompson, N.
Republicans — Pickering, Y.
Democrats — Carnahan, Y; Clay, N; Cleaver, Y; Skelton, Y.
Republicans — Akin, N; Blunt, Y; Emerson, Y; Graves, N; Hulshof, N.
Republicans — Rehberg, N.
Republicans — Fortenberry, N; Smith, N; Terry, Y.
Democrats — Berkley, Y.
Republicans — Heller, N; Porter, Y.
Democrats — Hodes, N; Shea-Porter, N.
Democrats — Andrews, Y; Holt, Y; Pallone, Y; Pascrell, Y; Payne, N; Rothman, N; Sires, Y.
Republicans — Ferguson, Y; Frelinghuysen, Y; Garrett, N; LoBiondo, N; Saxton, Y; Smith, N.
Democrats — Udall, N.
Republicans — Pearce, N; Wilson, Y.
Democrats — Ackerman, Y; Arcuri, Y; Bishop, Y; Clarke, Y; Crowley, Y; Engel, Y; Gillibrand, N; Hall, Y; Higgins, Y; Hinchey, N; Israel, Y; Lowey, Y; Maloney, Y; McCarthy, Y; McNulty, Y; Meeks, Y; Nadler, Y; Rangel, Y; Serrano, N; Slaughter, Y; Towns, Y; Velazquez, Y; Weiner, Y.
Republicans — Fossella, Y; King, Y; Kuhl, Y; McHugh, Y; Reynolds, Y; Walsh, Y.
Democrats — Butterfield, N; Etheridge, Y; McIntyre, N; Miller, Y; Price, Y; Shuler, N; Watt, Y.
Republicans — Coble, Y; Foxx, N; Hayes, N; Jones, N; McHenry, N; Myrick, Y.
Democrats — Pomeroy, Y.
Democrats — Kaptur, N; Kucinich, N; Ryan, Y; Space, Y; Sutton, Y; Wilson, Y.
Republicans — Boehner, Y; Chabot, N; Hobson, Y; Jordan, N; LaTourette, N; Latta, N; Pryce, Y; Regula, Y; Schmidt, Y; Tiberi, Y; Turner, N.
Democrats — Boren, Y.
Republicans — Cole, Y; Fallin, Y; Lucas, N; Sullivan, Y.
Democrats — Blumenauer, N; DeFazio, N; Hooley, Y; Wu, Y.
Republicans — Walden, Y.
Democrats — Altmire, N; Brady, Y; Carney, N; Doyle, Y; Fattah, Y; Holden, N; Kanjorski, Y; Murphy, Patrick, Y; Murtha, Y; Schwartz, Y; Sestak, Y.
Republicans — Dent, Y; English, N; Gerlach, Y; Murphy, Tim, N; Peterson, Y; Pitts, N; Platts, N; Shuster, Y.
Democrats — Kennedy, Y; Langevin, Y.
Democrats — Clyburn, Y; Spratt, Y.
Republicans — Barrett, Y; Brown, Y; Inglis, Y; Wilson, Y.
Democrats — Herseth Sandlin, N.
Democrats — Cohen, Y; Cooper, Y; Davis, Lincoln, N; Gordon, Y; Tanner, Y.
Republicans — Blackburn, N; Davis, David, N; Duncan, N; Wamp, Y.
Democrats — Cuellar, Y; Doggett, N; Edwards, Y; Gonzalez, Y; Green, Al, Y; Green, Gene, N; Hinojosa, Y; Jackson-Lee, Y; Johnson, E. B., Y; Lampson, N; Ortiz, Y; Reyes, Y; Rodriguez, N.
Republicans — Barton, N; Brady, Y; Burgess, N; Carter, N; Conaway, Y; Culberson, N; Gohmert, N; Granger, Y; Hall, N; Hensarling, N; Johnson, Sam, N; Marchant, N; McCaul, N; Neugebauer, N; Paul, N; Poe, N; Sessions, Y; Smith, Y; Thornberry, Y.
Democrats — Matheson, N.
Republicans — Bishop, N; Cannon, Y.
Democrats — Welch, Y.
Democrats — Boucher, Y; Moran, Y; Scott, N.
Republicans — Cantor, Y; Davis, Tom, Y; Drake, N; Forbes, N; Goode, N; Goodlatte, N; Wittman, N; Wolf, Y.
Democrats — Baird, Y; Dicks, Y; Inslee, N; Larsen, Y; McDermott, N; Smith, Y.
Republicans — Hastings, N; McMorris Rodgers, N; Reichert, N.
Democrats — Mollohan, Y; Rahall, Y.
Republicans — Capito, N.
Democrats — Baldwin, Y; Kagen, N; Kind, Y; Moore, Y; Obey, Y.
Republicans — Petri, N; Ryan, Y; Sensenbrenner, N.
Republicans — Cubin, Y.
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Posted by: Rob Raskin | October 4, 1908 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s truth:

I hate America
I hate the flag
I hate white people
I hate the rich
and so does my wife

I have the support of many including
the leader of Hamas
the leader of Iran
the leader of Hezbollah
and most other radical terrorist organizations

I will sit down with all of them
and we will talk
about freedom of religion
especially theirs, and the parts I like most

I understand where they are coming from
For I too hate America
You heard my church talks
That was a mistake

But I promise if elected
I will take money from the rich
and give it to the poor
Because they deserve the handouts
that you worked so hard to earn

I'll add another trillion dollars to the debt
I'll raise taxes
I'll make sure we pass the most liberal legislation ever
and I'll pull our troops out of the war on terror
so we stop killing my people

Yes, there will be change
There will be no more flag
No more Patriotism
No more enemies to worry about
except me, because I am endorsed by them

And if you want to see me
Just come to 1616 Pennsylvania Ave
And if you're Muslim, come right on in
to the newest, biggest Muslim Mosque
on the planet. You know the one -
it used to be called "The White House"


Posted by: Rob Raskin | October 5, 1908 6:23 PM | Report abuse

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