68 Republicans break ranks, vote with Democrats on first bill of 110th Congress

Published: Tuesday January 9, 2007
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A House bill (H. Res. 1) to implement recommendations suggested by the September 11th Commission passed by a vote of 299 to 128, with eight members of Congress not voting.

Just after 7:15 PM Eastern, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the bill had passed, and gaveled the end of the vote. Joining 231 Democrats were 68 Republican members of Congress.

House Republican Leadership had urged a no vote to the legislation, reasoning that it had not been considered with appropriate hearings by House committees, and amendments on the House floor were not permitted.

Earlier, RAW STORY reported that Republicans were "likely to break ranks on the bill," which implements recommendations made by the panel.