The financial rescue bill just passed the House by a vote of 263-171. On Monday, the bill _ without a lot of tax “sweeteners” _ got only 205 votes (and failed).
Today, there were 172 Democrats and 91 Republicans in favor.
On Monday, there were 140 Democrats and 65 Republicans in favor.
So both parties’ leaders _ after lobbying from business groups large and small this week _ got significantly more members to support the controversial legislation.
Two of the three Oklahomans who voted nay on Monday voted for it today _ Reps. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, and John Sullivan, R-Tulsa.
Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, remained steadfast today in his opposition.
Reps. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, and Tom Cole, R-Moore, voted yea, as they had on Monday.
An hour after the vote, the Dow is down about 50 points, which is, at least, better than it was after the vote on Monday, when it wound up dropping nearly 800 points by the close of the markets.