House Approves Rules for Debate
The Post's Paul Kane reports from the Capitol:
On a 223-205 vote minutes ago, the House formally approved the rules for debate on the rescue legislation. In an usual move showing their entrenched opposition, 29 Democrats opposed the rule -- which is normally considered a pure partisan vote, with rank-and-file members almost always deferring to their leadership on the parliamentary vote.
In addition to their 203 'aye' votes from their caucus, Democrats needed 20 Republican votes to approve the measure. "That's the first time in 16 years I've been asked to vote [with Democrats] on a rule," said retiring Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), who supports the legislation.
Had the rule failed, the legislation would have hit a major parliamentary roadblock.
Two hours of debate on the measure began shortly after 10:30 a.m. After top leaders speak, the vote is expected about 1 p.m.
-- Sara Goo
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