Bill has hard road in House

Published 11:03 am Monday, October 6, 2008

By Staff
In the six years I have been honored to serve as the representative of Alabama's First District, I have had to cast many difficult votes but none more complicated - or quite candidly, harder to explain - than the vote I cast in favor of legislation to address our Nation's economic crisis.
In the end, however, early last week, the House defeated the legislation by a vote of 205-228, and the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted and closed down nearly 778 points, its largest one-day fall.
Two days later, the Senate took up a slightly different bill, and the House passed it on Friday. Several notable improvements were made to the legislation, including