Alabama Congressmen respond to House vote

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- On a day when the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange wouldn't even work, the final vote in Washington dealt a harrowing blow.

House members shot down the behemoth bailout plan by a narrow margin, plummeting markets and pitting politicians against one another.

"I say we go back to the drawing boards..this bill does not do it for the American people," exclaimed Ohio Democrat Marcy Katur on the House floor.

Most of Alabama's representatives disagree with naysayers of the bill.

All politicians voted for the plan except for Hayleyville republican Robert Aderholt--who tells WSFA 12 News in a statement, "I have a serious problem when the government intervenes too much in our economy."

"If I didn't think we were on the brink of an economic disaster, it would be the easiest thing in the world for me to say no to this," said Ohio republican John Boehner, shortly before Monday's vote.

Other republicans who voted for the bill are gritting their teeth, weary of giving such a large sum of money to Wall Street.

Representative Mike Rogers tells us the bill was "the right thing to do despite my serious reservations about it."

Congressman Terry Everett says the Federal intervention "runs against every conservative grain in my body, but I will reluctantly support this compromise measure."

As the dust settles on Capitol Hill, Alabama's democrats are also weighing in.

Congressman Artur Davis--another *yes* vote--is worried that "the outcome of the vote [Monday] was a huge gamble with our economy."