The U.S. Senate October 1 voted 74-25 in favor of a $700 billion financial industry \u201cbailout\u201d bill that includes tax credit extensions for renewable energy sources. A House vote is expected around press time. California\u2019s two senators, as well as both presidential candidates, voted for the measure. In the version passed by the Senate, the \u201cinvestment tax credit,\u201d applied to solar companies, would be extended to January 1, 2017. For the \u201cproduction tax credit,\u201d applied to wind and geothermal, the Senate agreed to a year\u2019s extension. Also, credits for other forms of renewable energy would be extended for two years. The pressure on senators to pass or defeat the bill was bipartisan. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) minority leader said that the bill isn\u2019t to bail out the \u201ctitans\u201d of the financial industry, but to help the \u201cmiddle class.\u201d Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called the money going to the bailout a result of a \u201cspasm of greed\u201d by the banking industry. He added that it would cost every citizen $2,200 to pay for the bill. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) originally called the government intervention a buyout of \u201ctoxic assets,\u201d but ended up voting for the bill. Editor's note: Just at press time, the House acted on the Senate's version of the financial rescue bill, which includes the Senate Finance renewable tax extenders package. The final vote was 263 in favor (172 Dems, 91 Republicans), 171 opposed (63 Dems, 108 Republicans). The bill now goes to President Bush to sign into law.