Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, voted "Yes," one of only 65 House Republicans -- and only one of four Texas Republicans -- to support the $700 billion bailout bill. While calls and e-mails to Granger's office were overwhelmingly against the package, Granger, as a member of the House GOP leadership, would have had a hard time defying her leaders.
"I voted 'yes' because I felt like it was our responsibility to change the way things are looking (in the markets.) I hope I'm wrong on this one," said Granger in an interview. In what she said was the toughest vote of her 12 year House career, Granger said, "You have to vote your conscience and that's what I did."
"I didn't like the bill but I thought it was better than voting 'no,'" said Granger. She credited the bipartisan negotiators with improving the bill.
"I don't know what happens now," she said. LIke other Republicans, she scoffed at Democrats' blaming the GOP. "The Democrats are in the majority and it's absurd for them to say Republicans had to pass this bill." The other GOP lawmakers from Texas who voted for the bill were Pete Sessions of Dallas. Lamar Smith of San Antonio and Kevin Brady of The Woodlands.
Granger heads back to Texas today but is ready to return to work on a substitute.
As expected, the other members representing Tarrant County voted against the bill: Reps. Michael Burgess, Joe Barton and Kenny Marchant.