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Our elected officials on the bailout plan

The U.S. House, which voted down a bailout plan Monday, is expected to vote again Friday on a revised plan approved by the U.S. Senate. While most House members seemed poised to vote the same way they voted Monday, at least two opponents like some of the changes in the Senate package. Here's what they're saying about the new bill.

Democrats who voted for the House bill Monday

Mel Watt, Charlotte: Likely to continue support. “It sounds to me like they haven't done anything but add a provision to it, related to the bailout itself, that I would be supportive of. … I can't think of anything in that context that would make me vote against the bill.”

John Spratt, York County, S.C.: Likely to continue support. “I will probably vote for the rescue package again. I have no problem with the increase in FDIC coverage, especially since it pays for itself. But I do have a problem with adding on other unrelated items … It is not a good practice to take must-pass legislation and load it down with unrelated matters.”

Bob Etheridge, Lillington: Wanted time to read the new bill.

Brad Miller, Raleigh: Likely to continue support. “Trying to get credit flowing again is important enough and urgent enough that I will vote for the bill again.”

David Price, Chapel Hill: Expects to vote for it.

James Clyburn, Columbia: Expects to vote for it.

Democrats who opposed the House bill

G.K. Butterfield, Wilson: Leaning against the new bill. “We need a bill that helps the people who are hurting the most, not a bill that only helps the people who created this crisis. I also want greater assurances that this package will correct the problems.”

Mike McIntyre, Lumberton: Did not respond.

Heath Shuler, Waynesville: Did not respond.

Republicans who opposed the House bill

Robin Hayes, Concord: Would not say whether he's leaning for or against the new plan. “My basic objectives for a revised plan are the same as before: there should be full transparency; accountability that does not give the Treasury secretary or anyone else unchecked control of administering this plan; proper oversight from Congress; no rewards for bad actors and common sense limitations on corporate compensation; and, a plan that gives maximum protection to taxpayers.”

Patrick McHenry, Cherryville: Likely to continue opposition. “The substance of the bailout bill in the Senate is the same as the House bill I voted against. It's clear that action must be taken to get the credit markets functioning again, but this bill is not the answer.”

Sue Myrick, Charlotte: Is warming up to the Senate bill. “I hope it's something we can support. After I get more information I'll make a final decision. I like what I see so far.”

Walter Jones, Farmville: Likely to continue opposition and is working on alternative proposal.

Virginia Foxx, Banner Elk: Likely to continue opposition. “Congress needs to take action. But, at its core, the bailout plan floated in the Senate takes the same flawed approach that was voted down in the House. There are alternatives to the risky $700 billion proposal to purchase bad assets.”

Howard Coble, Greensboro: Wants time to study the Senate bill.

Gresham Barrett, Westminster, S.C.: Likes some changes in the Senate bill but hasn't made a final decision.

Republicans who voted for the House bill

Joe Wilson, Springdale, S.C.: Wants time to review the Senate bill.

Henry Brown, Hanahan, S.C.: Wants time to review the Senate bill.

Bob Inglis, Travelers Rest, S.C.: Likely to continue support but hasn't made a final decision.

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