Clyburn Says Votes Holding Steady

Posted October 2, 2008 at 2:47pm

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Thursday afternoon that Democrats haven’t yet lost any of the 140 votes that they had for the $700 billion financial rescue package on Monday.

Clyburn said he has heard concern from Blue Dog Democrats about the violation of “pay-as-you-go” budget rules by adding the Senate’s version of a tax-cut package, but none who voted for it Monday have yet said they will vote no.

Clyburn also said he was hopeful of picking up additional votes from Democrats who supported the increase in Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. insurance from $100,000 to $250,000 and the extension of a $1,000 tax break for homeowners who take the standard deduction.