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“We believe that we would have won a prolonged veto fight on this bill,” Mrs. Perino said. “However, given that we want and need for the Treasury secretary to have these new authorities that he’s asking for, we don’t think that waiting until mid-September at best, would be prudent.”

She added that “when there is bipartisan support for a bill, he will sign it.”

Forty-five Republicans joined 227 Democrats Wednesday to support the bill, while 149 Republicans and only three Democrats voted no.

cThis article is based in part on wire service reports.