US Republican Representative from Florida Adam Putnam (C) speaks to the press with House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (L) and Minority Leader John Boehner after a Republican party conference meeting at the US Capitol in Washington. The US House of Representatives Friday comfortably passed a revised 700-billion-dollar Wall Street bailout, bowing to intense pressure to help avert an economic meltdown. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
The final vote was 263-171 in the House, a comfortable margin that was 58 more votes than the measure garnered in Monday's stunning defeat. The vote capped two weeks of tumult in Congress and on Wall Street, punctuated by daily warnings that the country confronted the gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression if lawmakers failed to act.