Scroll for updates…roll call vote added…
The vote is underway.
Will they spit or swallow the Crap Sandwich?
Stand by for the tally…
At 9:16pm Eastern, C-SPAN counts 54 Yeas, 18 Nays.
At 9:18pm Eastern, it’s 65 Y, 19 N.
The Nays include Bunning, Barrasso, Dole, DeMint, Allard, Sanders, Sessions, Shelby, Stabenow, Wyden, Vitter, Tester, Nelson (Fla.), Roberts…
The Senate swallows.
The Yeas are 74 and Nays are 25.
Back to the House.
Redouble those phone calls and faxes.
9:21pm Eastern. Harry Reid is patting himself on the back.
Sugar on top of the Crap Sandwich:
After one spectacular failure, the $700 billion financial industry bailout found a second life Wednesday, winning lopsided passage in the Senate and gaining ground in the House, where Republicans opposition softened.
Senators loaded the economic rescue bill with tax breaks and other sweeteners before passing it by a wide margin, 74-25, a month before the presidential and congressional elections.
9:45pm Eastern. The “Dodd amendment” — the crap sandwich — having passed, the Senate now just also voted 74-25 to pass it as an attachment to the mental health parity legislation.
The Beltway talking point is now that opposition in the House has softened and that public opposition is softening, too.
Kindly disabuse Washington of that notion: 202-224-3121.
Roll call vote is not up yet on the Senate website. There were 25 bailout busters (15 Republicans, 10 Democrats).