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Special Bailout Coverage

October 2, 2008 - by David Moore

Here are links to all the key bills flying around in Congress right now surrounding the financial bailout, along with some places to take action and learn more.

H.R. 1424 – Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 – is the bill that was amended to become the Senate version of the bailout bill that passed last night (Oct. 1st), 74-25. View roll call, news coverage, blog coverage. Read and comment on the text of the bill at Public Markup.

H.R. 3997 – was the previous version of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 that was rejected by the House, 228-205, on Sept. 29th. (Previously it was known as the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2007.) View roll call of votes, news coverage, blog coverage, or comments of this (defeated) bill at Public Markup.

For more analysis of the Senate version of the bailout bill and next steps as it goes back to the House for a new vote tomorrow (Oct. 3rd), read our full blog post from yesterday. To sign a petition urging Members of Congress to take at least 72 hours to read these massive bailout bills and post them online before voting on them, visit Read the Bill First from the Sunlight Foundation. If the lack of public transparency surrounding these bailout bills is troubling you, join the technical conversation over at the Open House Project. You can contact us with questions and we’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as we can: writeus@opencongress.org.

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