Word has just come in that congress has reached at deal; however, this deal has NOT been written down officially on paper yet. This was a verbal deal made between Congressional leaders and the Bush administration. The House is expected to vote on this bill later today (Sunday), and then pass it on to the Senate for a vote on Monday. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told reporters that the deal still has to be officially finalized, but “I think we’re there.”
Earlier in the night, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters that “quite a bit” of progress had been made.
Earlier in the night, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus had told reporters, “We’re making a lot of headway; I think it’s possible to get this thing done tonight, [but] I can’t guarantee it.” It appears as if this deal was reached sometime within the last hour, sometime just after midnight.
I really want to see the guts of this bill before I make a final judgment on it – I just hope that we’re not going to waste more taxpayer money on something that will completely plunge our economy into the ground.
I’ll give any updates as soon as I get them, which probably won’t be until the House convenes tomorrow.
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