"I'm optimistic about today," Boehner said at a news conference. "We're not going to take anything for granted... But it's time to act."
Boehner added: "We as members of Congress have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect the American economy."
House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said that calls for and against the bill had begun to even out as people realize the impact of the economic crisis on them. Blunt, however, said that he wouldn't talk about numbers.