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Ros-Lehtinen, Wall Street nay now a yay

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who voted against the Wall Street bail out plan on Monday, said today she plans to vote for the new Senate version, saying it now includes "meaningful economic relief for struggling families."

The Senate bill -- which cleared with a 74 to 25 vote -- was modified to include a number of "sweetners" and tax break extenders which Ros-Lehinten pointed to in favor of changing her vote.

Among them, extending the deductibility of state and local taxes for people in states without income taxes like Florida, along with the college tuition tax deduction.

Her switch came as President Bush and House leaders furiously made the rounds to convince lawmakers to back the legislation. The White House said Bush planned to call about 3 dozen House members.

A spokeswoman for Ros-Lehtinen said she hadn't received a call from the president, but talked this week with worried business owners in the Keys and seniors in Miami.

Her Democratic opponent, Annette Taddeo, also opposed the legislation on Monday.

The DC watchdog group, Taxpayers for Common Sense, estimated the Senate packed in as much as an extra $150 billion in tax provisions, including extending until December 2009 a rebate against excise taxes charged on rum imported from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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