January 28th, 2009
06:18 PM ET
9 months ago

House approves Obama stimulus bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives Wednesday passed President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package, sending the $819 billion bill to the Senate, where it will face more opposition from Republicans. The vote was mostly along party lines.


Filed under: Congress • President Obama • stimulus plan
soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Sammy

    Not even one vote. Now thats what I call party unity... all the way over a cliff.

    January 28, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. DAVE IN CA

    ryan: they have an idea- to let who have plenty of votes on there own and as your 2nd in command pelozi said a couple of hours before the vote "WE DON'T NEED THERE VOTE"... so now your party gets to own this travisty lock stock and barrel....... i know that you are very confident in Democratic party in saving your job and mine and getting this country back on track by spending billions on programs that will do nothing to save america from collapse

    January 28, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  3. Franky

    You better hope lawmakers don't start shaking some people, go to school guys and get a better job...

    January 28, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  4. DavidinCA

    Wee hoo! Party time in Democratic Washington now. Bought and paid for on the backs of our children and our children's children. Let the spendfest begin! Their money is as good as ours! In the final analysis, McCain could not have been more correct about what a Democratic administration coupled with a Democratic congress would do. Sorry John, you warned us.

    January 28, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. aware

    Idiots all!

    Roll on 2012 – this guy is a loser! :(

    January 28, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  6. Firewalker

    If the republicans want to stand around in a circular firing squad, let them. But who on here is going to call their congressman and let them have it for this stunt. Mine will hear from me tomarrow.

    January 28, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. kevin-pa

    This is really unfortunate,
    we are giving money to Nancy Polocy to spend on pet projects. I heard she was saying most of the projects are construction projects and bring more jobs, what she did not relalize is we lost manufacturing jobs, services jobs the most..so if you were a customer care professional and lost your job, suck it up amd prepare to build roofs...This idiotic bill will attract more illigalas to this country, coz most of the construction contractors hire illigals for low cost.
    I dont see any job creation in this plan.

    To those who are ignorant and saying rep did not have a plan..check ur facts..yes they came up with a plan..but nancy has soo much power that she killed it..from now on its nancy's way or high way...
    I am an proud american..red or blue i want best for my coountry...just chanting "yes we can" or blindly approving all obama's ideas is going to ruin this country..God save us!!!

    January 28, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. Skeptical Joe

    We are doomed... Only 21% of the total funds will impact the economy in the first two years. Every dollar of this plan should have been directly tied to a two year impact- and NONE of it should have gone to any program or project that would not clearly and immediately fuel the U.S. economic engine... millions to prevent STD's? Downrange "green" programs? Please... it won't work, and the new administration better brace themselves for a major failure.

    January 28, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  9. Tom an American

    I love all of these experts on here. That's interesting that a lot of economists have agreed with a stimulus package. Try listening to experts rather that being close minded conservatives. A book? A magazine? An economics course or two? Come back and give a real opinion then. You will find out that what has hurt this economy more than anything is that last president you voted into office. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest who don't pay taxes anyway. Then you would realize that the top 1% have gotten out of paying, now what was that figure again, oh yea over 500 billion in taxes! That's roughly 2/3 of this proposed stimulus package. For you conservatives who preach about tax cuts what could that 500 billion have done for you and your family? So before you get on here yelling and screaming like little children try reading the book "Cheating America: How Tax Avoidance and Evasion by the Super Rich Are Costing the Country Billions" Check back in Republicans when you have something worthwhile to say.

    January 28, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  10. arnolde

    The history of Democratic and Republican job creation:

    From Harding in 1921 to Bush in 2003
    1. Democrats held the White House for 40 years and Republicans for 42.5 years.
    2. Democrats created 75,820,000 net new jobs and Republicans 36,440,000.
    3. Per Year Average—Democrats 1,825,200-Republicans 856,400.
    4. Republicans had 9 presidents during the period and 6 had depression or recession.
    5. DOW—Gained by 52% more under Democrats

    Against that bakground and considering the mess the country has been left in, why would anyone believe the Repubs have the answer to our economic problems?

    January 28, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. brit in tx

    U kno republicans do not care bout this country. After they got us into the rut were in I'm wonderin why there is still a rep party. Give obama a chance

    January 28, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
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