Money | Political winds and public opinion changed enough since Monday to push the legislation through the House
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/03/08, 12:00 am
WASHINGTON-With the world watching Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a wide margin, 263-171, the $700 billion economic rescue package. The question of the bill's success still hung in the air minutes before the vote took place, though House leaders had expressed confidence about its passage.
"We have been criticized for not deciding affirmatively," said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. "What we did decide is that [the] initial failure should not stand."