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Illinois delegation divided on bailout bill
updated 4:32 p.m. Chicago time
WASHINGTON–The surprise failure of the bailout bill yielded a rare totally mixed roll call from the 19-member Illinois House delegation, with the results mirroring the larger problem in getting the emergency measure passed: Republicans were running from the package President Bush was begging them for.
“While action is necessary to keep our economy on track, the heavy-handed push from the Bush Administration and this Democrat majority places too great a burden on taxpayers with no guarantee of success,” said Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) in a statement.
Rep. Bobby Rush said in a statement, the legislation “is simply a $700 billion financial earmark for Wall Street.”
There are five Illinois members on the bill-writing House Financial Services Committee, led by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass).The two Democrats on it voted yes: Rep. Melissa Bean and Rep. Luis Gutierrez. The three Republicans vote no: Rep. Judy Biggert, Rep. Don Manzullo and Roskam.
Bean’s profile has grown recently as more television bookers have turned to her to help explain Congressional negotiations.
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the fourth ranking House Democrat, also played a key role in trying to craft a deal on the deal Bush sent to Congress.
Rep. Jesse Jackson called for more help for homeowners facing foreclosure. The bill “further privatizes profits and socializes the losses.”
Illinois summary: YES seven Democrats, two Republicans. NO four Democrats, five Republicans.
Illinois House Democrats YES
Bean, D. Davis, Emanuel, Foster, Hare, Gutierrez, Schakowsky
Illinois House Republicans YES
Illinois House Democrats NO
Costello, Jackson, Lipinski, Rush
Illinois House Republicans NO
Biggert, Roskam, T. Johnson, Shimkus, Manzullo
Weller (the only one in the entire House)