Pelosi: “$700 billion a staggering number but only a part of the cost of the failed Bush economic policies to our country.”
The 228-205 vote to reject the bill came from both sides of the political aisle, as more than two-thirds of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats voted in opposition.
The Hill reports that House Republicans blamed a partisan speech from Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the failure of a massive Wall Street bailout measure.
“I do believe that we could have gotten there today had it not been for this partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House,” House Minority Leader John Boehner said, adding that Pelosi “poisoned” the GOP conference.
Deputy Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va) held up a copy of Pelosi’s floor speech at a press conference and said she had “failed to listen and to lead” on the issue