Boehner: 'I'm Optimistic' About Bailout Vote

House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE just spoke about the upcoming bailout vote, which is expected to take place between noon and 1 p.m.

"I'm optimistic about today," BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE said at a news conference. "We're not going to take anything for granted... But it's time to act."

Boehner added: "We as members of Congress have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect the American economy."

House Minority Whip Roy BluntRoy BluntThe Republicans' hypocrisy on minimum wage Overnight Energy: Officials close in on new global emissions deal 40 senators seek higher biodiesel mandate MORE (R-Mo.) said that calls for and against the bill had begun to even out as people realize the impact of the economic crisis on them. Blunt, however, said that he wouldn't talk about numbers.

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