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Senate to the rescue? Votes for Wall Street bailout, 74 to 25

Bill Nelson voted no; Mel Martinez voted yes, saying earlier in debate that though "this is a very difficult moment, it's a moment that we can not shrink from.

"While Wall Street got us into this mess, the fact of the matter is this is impacting every day Americans, this is impacting Floridians of every walk of life," Martinez said. "To fulfill our responsibilities, every now and then there's a tough vote that has to be taken. This is a tough vote, it isn't easy -- a lot of people have great angst about it and I understand their angst and I share their anger. But at the same time, we're here to solve problems and get things done."

Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama voted for the measure, along with Dem veep candidate, Joe Biden.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is congratulating the Senate for rising above partisanship -- some 5 weeks before the election.

The vote increases the pressure on the House, which is scheduled to take up the Senate version on Friday. No votes include most of Florida's Republicans -- including Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

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Edward in Gainesville

Lesley, thank you for this succinct report. I was wondering how certain senators voted and have had a hard time finding this information, until I came across your Senate To The Rescue? column. It's unfortunate that of the senators whose votes I'm tracking, only Bill Nelson (IMHO) did the right thing. As a financial advisor, I'm very disappointed about this vote. This is theft on a very grand scale, and it risks bankrupting the U.S. treasury.

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