Here's Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL):
I figure it will be at least half a trillion. But if you look at what the Fed has already done [by rescuing insurance giant AIG], and the extension of power to treasury with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, I believe we're talking about a trillion dollars.
And here's Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT):
...We're literally maybe days away from a complete meltdown of our financial system, with all the implications, here and globally. ... What you heard last night is one of those rare moments - certainly rare in my experience here - was that Democrats and Republicans decided we needed to work together, quickly."
This is some crazy shit.