With credit market gauges showing historically tight lending, investors again were fearful that the government's financial rescue plan would not make it through a widely anticipated Senate vote.
But lawmakers came through Wednesday night, as the Senate passed a modified version of the bill that the House of Representatives rejected on Monday.
The Senate version included a number of new provisions aimed at Main Street, and intended to attract more votes from House Republicans, two-thirds of whom voted against the initial bailout plan. The modifications include temporarily raising the FDIC insurance cap to $250,000 from $100,000, extending renewable energy tax breaks and another year of relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax.
The revised measure was passed by a vote of 74 to 25 after more than three hours of floor debate in the Senate. Presidential nominees Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and John McCain, R-Ariz., voted in favor.NEXT: Thursday, Oct. 2 - Wait and see