January 30th, 2009
01:42 PM ET
6 months ago

Senate bracing for a 'hard slog' on stimulus bill

The economic stimulus bill goes to the Senate on Monday, in what's expected to be a tough debate.
The economic stimulus bill goes to the Senate on Monday, in what's expected to be a tough debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrats admit it's going to be a tough fight in getting President Obama's economic stimulus plan passed with bipartisan support, but they are optimistic it can still be done.

On Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said it's going to be a "long hard slog" with "late nights" after the $900 billion bill comes to the Senate floor Monday night. "It is up to us how long this takes," Reid added. "We hope we can work things out."

The full Senate will vote on its version next Wednesday. Should the Senate and House pass different versions, the two bills would have to be conferenced together. Then both chambers would have to vote on the new conference version in the coming weeks.

The president hopes to have the plan passed by Congress and on his desk for signing by mid-February.

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  1. Matt

    @ daniel

    Making your lies long-winded won't make them any truer.

    January 30, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Answer me this, in words of one syllable, if Tax Cuts are the answer – the only answer, then why is the Country in such a deep recession after 8 years of Republican chanting tax cuts, tax cuts ...... like the Greek Chorus in a tragedy?

    Maybe because Republicans also (more quietly) believe that only tax cuts for their wealthy friends, that the only jobs worth rewarding are the no-bid contracts like Halliburton, and prosperity will "trickle down"

    We all know what "trickles down" but this is a family paper.

    The GOP had their chance: repeating failed policies is just that – more of the same ... and all the yelling in the world won't make it better!

    January 30, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. red

    Amber, After the Obama government starts telling you where to work, what to wear, how much you can make, where you can live etc, you will undoubtably wonder what happened.

    January 30, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Realist

    Walleye – is the majority of your compensation a bonus? No? yeah probably not becuase most companies arent set up that way except wallstreet. The only way to look at this appropriately is compare the combined compensation of a wall street empoyee with someone with a comparable job off the street. People dont realize the majority of their compensation is that bonus. And I'm not talking about the execs either. Whats the difference between a guy making $150k in salary with no bonus at a bank job in Charlotte with BofA and a guy who makes $50k year salary with a $100k bonus in with Goldman in New York? The only difference is that you complain about the guy with the bonus. Wake up people, their compensation model is different, they depend on those bonuses, they have to becuase they have to save them to live off of until the next one comes becuase their salaries are so low and new york is the most expensive city to live in the country. Without them they would all quit. Fix the compensation model if you want, until then don't break hardworking families.

    January 30, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. single mom

    Why is anybody thinking about voting for billions of dollars for this? No one has a clue as to what happened to the money already given to the companies a few months ago – besides a few spa trips and bonuses. Get rid of the top few layers of each company, follow Senator McCaskill's plan of no one getting paid more than the President, (I'd start them out at half that), add in bonuses if they meet certain goals in getting their companies moving in the right direction, and give each company one year. And no more hand-outs!!

    January 30, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Realist

    Amber, yes you are stupid.

    January 30, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Jim

    Amber: Yes, we are fed up. But the really smart people are fed up with throwing good money after bad. First 700B that not only the republicans voted for, but also the democrats, yes, even your precious boy wonder. Everyone that voted for this fiasco knew there were no oversights, and basically knew this money was gone before it got to where it was supposed to.

    Now, comes your boy wonder, with another 800B plus to be sent out to no one knows where, for even fewer know what. The majority of which is PORK............. Also, there were 11 democrats that voted with the republicans in the house. 11 that had the courage to defy Madame Pelosi (aka the wicked witch of the west).

    When this shakes out and in two or three years there is another trillion or so dollars being doled out to prop up what has failed, maybe you will understand.

    January 30, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. kima

    Screw the bipartisan idea, Democrats. Push the stimulus through the way you want to see it and be done with it already. Quit giving the Republicans another reason to get in front of the cameras and crow.

    January 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. John

    Let the republicans explain why they like this depression so much? After all with the republican deregulation and free market manipulation they love the result. The republicans get to retreat into their wealth while the rest of us get an attitude lesson – how dare we ask for a better life!

    January 30, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Jeanne

    Isn't it amazing that all of a sudden the Republicans are saying the the stimulus package isn't enough??? Where were they when all of this was going down??? Oh, supporting the deregulation of the financial markets, holding their hands our for whatever they could get. Locking the Democrats out of any discusssions when they were in power. Now they want to be heard, oh bohoo bohoo. YOU MADE THE MESS, YOU FOLLOW RUSH LIMBAUGH(HE'S THE REAL HEAD OF THE RNC) so, I hope you all get voted out of your office and we get some moderate people in work with the President to get this country back on track.

    January 30, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    God Bless the U.S.A January 30th, 2009 3:32 pm ET
    republicans wouldn't give one single vote, and they wonder why America is so FED UP with their anti- everything party.
    --------------------–
    11 Dems voted against this garbage of a bill. You mad at them as well?

    January 30, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. susie

    Why should the people have to bail out banks who loaned to people who couldn't afford house loans. Why work hard all your life when others threw away money by taking out loans on homes to support their lavish life style.

    January 30, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. fearful for my country

    There needs to be a hard "slog". It's time for Obama to quit repaying his election benefactors with taxpayer money and get down to helping this country. All he's helping is special interests groups. The elderly and disabled can't do chit with 300.00. That was just a bone thrown in to make it look like he cares about people.

    January 30, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Mac

    So when you guys see opinions you don't like, you write down the IP address and make sure nothing from that address gets through?

    January 30, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. dimes1

    Those complaining about “not one Republican” vote are really showing their ignorance.

    If the Democratic party (Pelosi, Reid and Obama), weren't so arrogant in trying to shove a flawed package down everyone throat they might get bipartisan support. The fact is they never took the Republican input into the package --so what do you expect?

    The biggest flaw in the package (except for the pork such as a couple hundred million for condom manufactures) is that much of the stimulus package is not for “shovel ready” projects and will not hit the economy till 2011. If they incorporate more tax breaks and incentives for small business to create jobs, then you might get an acceptable package.

    January 30, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. flyer

    Daniel Cabrera
    Well said. Totaly agree with you.

    January 30, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. jean albert : florida

    Just one advice for gop:years ago,there were a rat city in europe,no one knew what to do about the rats taking over the city,all it took were a man with a flute who got the rodents to follow him playing his instrument to a river and drowned them all.I think rush limbaugh is doing exactly the same to the republican party,this guy is drowning gop. Just keep it up limbaugh,we will hold on to power for the next 40 years.

    January 30, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. jean albert : florida

    Just one advice for gop:years ago,there were a rat city in europe,no one knew what to do about the rats taking over the city,all it took were a man with a flute who got the rodents to follow him playing his instrument to a river and drowned them all.I think rush limbaugh is doing exactly the same to the republican party,this guy is drowning gop. Just keep it up limbaugh,we will hold on to power for the next 40 years.

    January 30, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. dimes1

    Amber, The arrogant idiot!

    You are watching--thanks big brother! You are stupid and mindless.
    It is the Republicans that have to watch people like you so we have something to save after you get thru screwing everything up!

    We don't have to wait out a honeymoon period, which was up when Carter and Clinton started the whole sub prime mess thru Fannie Mae. It is a Democratic congress for the last two years that did nothing!

    January 30, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. lion64us

    hello all
    i am a union carpenter in il, and i have not been working for about 6 months or so and i have been watching things very close with this package and this is what i think of this.
    we where told the working man was going to get something out of the deal here,and i was willing to let it go that the banks and rich where going to get a big peice of the pie but the way i am reading it we the working man are not even going to get a fork or a slice of the pie.we get cash in are pockets in the form of tax breaks on are check well if we are on lay off we are not getting checks so no break there.i was kind of looking forward to that check that bush sent out as it was cash in my pocket and the 10 dallors a week extra in my check every week what is that going to do i guess i just dont get it but i do get the big guns get billions in cash and get millions in bounes and we get the bill and they pretty much spit in the peoples faces and dont care we are eating beans a weeiners as long as they get there money and we are rewarding them for doing a bad job and letting things get out of control they know that they will still get there money and live with no worries.i would like to remind we the people that we are the mob and we are hurting and when we are loseing are homes and are futures and the big money people are taking millions right in front of are faces we as the mob can not let this happen we as the people would not be able to get away with such a thing so we can not let this go on any longer.Obama said he wanted to make people accountable for the things they do well when might that happen? the best he could say it was shameful well for a million dallors you could call me anything you want to.if i am offbase with what i am seeing please let me know what you are seeing and maybe i just dont understand how things work.chris

    January 30, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Ask the President how much was given in bonus to the Fedreal agencies? How many B dollars.

    January 30, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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