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Members Ready To Stay Into October To Work On Bailout

Members of the House and Senate are acknowldedging today that Congress may need to stay in session next week to finish the bailout proposal currently being debated. “It’ll be very hard to construct the kind of legislation that we will have a consensus on by Friday,” said Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.).

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) wants to stick around. "I am recommending that Congress postpone its planned recess. We should stay here until we find the right answer to this problem," she said. 

“If it takes two or three weeks, that’s okay,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

And his Ohio colleague, Republican Sen. George Voinovich, says Congress should stay in session as long as it takes. “Are we going to let the stock market going up and down determine what we do?” Voinovich said. “We need a whole lot more time with this to figure out what it’s all about.” 

Martin Kady II contributed to (actually, did most of) this post.