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 Post subject: Bank Bailout Is Potent Issue for Fall Elections
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:41 am 
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Bank Bailout Is Potent Issue for Fall Elections

WASHINGTON — The vote in 2008 to bail out Wall Street was framed as the only way to avert an economic meltdown and relieve financial institutions of their most poisonous holdings. For many members of Congress, it turns out that the vote itself was toxic.

Nearly two years after Congress approved the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the Bush administration’s $700 billion program to rescue the banking system at a moment when it appeared close to collapse, lawmakers from both parties who backed it remain haunted by the vote.

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