Boehner Makes Last-Minute Plea

Posted September 29, 2008 at 12:35pm

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) made a last-minute plea to Members to vote for the $700 billion bailout bill, saying the likelihood of it passing is “in serious doubt.”

“Nobody wants to vote for this. Nobody wants to be around it,” Boehner said on the House floor, shortly before the vote. “But we have a product that may work if we can get the votes to pass it, which I don’t have to tell any of you is in serious doubt.”

He warned that the risk of doing nothing to stem a collapse in the financial sector was far greater than passing legislation, even if the proposal is a “mud sandwich.”

“These are the votes that separate the men from the boys and the girls from the women,” Boehner said. “These are the kind of votes that we have to look into our souls and ask, ‘What is in the best interest of our country?’”