House Members Switch to 'Yea' Column
The Post's Paul Kane reports that a quartet of freshman House Democrats are announcing their support for the $700 billion package, switching from their opposition Monday.
Reps. Bruce Braley (Iowa), Mazie Hirona (Hawaii), Betty Sutton (Ohio) and John Yarmuth (Ky.), all elected in the Democratic landslide of 2006, announced their support in a Capitol press conference.
"We will be voting yes," Hirona said. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), elected in a special election this past summer, joined them in switching her vote.
This brings to seven, at least, the number of Democrats who've publicly announced their switch to yes. Hirona cited the support of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), whom she and other Democrat House members spoke with this week, as a factor in switching her vote.
UPDATE 11:47 a.m.:
Just before the freshman press conference, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) also announced his switch to a "yes" vote, meaning seven Democrats in the last hour have gone public with their movement to supporting the bill.
Rep. William Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) just delivered a floor statement announcing his switch to yes, continuing a surge in momentum toward a solid majority for passage.
-- Michael S. Rosenwald
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