House Republican Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri agreed that prospects for passage have improved, and he said he was particularly heartened by indications the legislation has become more appealing to constituents back home.
Richard Monroe, the Democrat challenging Blunt in the 7th District said: "Every item Blunt put into or removed from the deal was designed to help businesses and hurt homeowners and taxpayers."
SENATE SET TO VOTE WEDNESDAY EVENING
Sen. Claire McCaskill says she'll "hold her nose" and vote for the bailout.
"The gears of our economy are frozen right now because there is no lending going on," said McCaskill, whose office has seen a surge in calls from business owners and bankers since the House failed to pass the bill on Monday.
Sen. Kit Bond is also expected to back the bailout bill.