Boehner: Bill Passage "In Serious Doubt"
House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) moments ago said passage of the $700 billion financial bailout package is "in serious doubt" in remarks on the House floor. In urging his fellow members to vote for the bill, Boehner acknowledged that it did not contain many elements that he and other House Republicans had urged, but said it was necessary.
"We have an imperfect product, but we have a product that may work...even if we can get the votes to pass it, which, I don't have to tell any of you, is in serious doubt. " Boehner said.
He went on to say: "Just think about what happens if we don't pass this bill. Think about what happens to your friends, your neighbors, your constituents. Think about those retired people whose retirement income will shrivel up to zero...If I didn't think we were on a brink of an economic crisis, it would be the easiest thing in the world for me to not vote for this." He added, "None of us came here to have to vote for this mud sandwich."
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