- The Washington Times - Monday, September 29, 2008

House Republican leaders blamed what they called a partisan speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the surprise failure of the financial rescue bill in the House today.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Mrs. Pelosi’s closing speech on the House floor was “partisan” and that it “poisoned” the bill’s chances of success.

Roughly two-thirds of House Republicans voted “no,” as did more than 90 Democrats.

Rep. Roy Blunt (Mo.), the second ranking Republican in the House, said the Republicans thought they had a dozen more “yes” votes than were cast on the floor. He said the Republicans would reach out to find a solution to the problem that would pass on the House floor in the next few days.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said he was “appalled” by the assertion from House Republican leaders that Mrs. Pelosi was to blame for the failure of the bill.

Mr. Frank said he would never dare assert that lawmakers refused to vote for the bill simply because the Speaker bruised their egos. He said the GOP leaders’ position was akin to the following: “Someone hurt my feelings and I will punish the country.”

He said, instead, that the Republican leaders did not ever have enough votes to allow the bill to succeed.

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