As of now there are 235 democrats and 199 republicans in the House of Representatives.
Speaker Pelosi has rightly demanded that if the Bush Adminstration wants Congress to act quickly and stem the problems from the Financial Crisis, that a significant number of Republicans would need to be onboard.
I think the Speaker should demand that a majority of Republicans vote for the final product. If the Bush team can't convince 100 congress members that it is vital to pass the bailout legislation then it should fall.
In its' place should be a democratic bill that would serve to do many of the good things we've been stopped from doing:
bankruptcy reform so that judges can rewrite mortgages
another stimulus package; including money to rebuild America
So far, the Democrats in Congress have done a good job of being responsible leaders and stewards of the Party's future political prospects.
They should continue to balance the present with the future and make sure everything they do is ultimately in the best interest of the American people.
They should not provide (percentage wise) more votes for this bailout than the Republicans.
making the word "liberal" safe again!