February 6th, 2009
05:49 PM ET
9 years ago

BREAKING: Tentative agreement reached on stimulus

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic and Republican senators have reached a tentative agreement for a $780 billion stimulus package, according to two Democratic sources and a GOP negotiator.

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  1. Morgan

    i will hold my breathe until I see details.

    February 6, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Soccer Nana

    This is great news! Hopefully, the economy will begin to improve soon.

    February 6, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Don Kallunki

    I've noticed that many of the cnn commentators refer to PRESIDENT Obama , as " Barack Obama" You did'nt refer to the previuos pesident as " George" . Why the disrespect ???

    February 6, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Virginia Veterans

    Can someone explain to me why they were so quick to decide to send our young people into war for a 'might have' WMDs, and spent billions of our dollars in Iraq, and having a hard time with this?

    It's time to spend American tax dollars on America! It's time to concentrate on America.

    February 6, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Deb

    THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Mickey

    I agree with the republicans and all those people who can see Obama is taking us down the wrong path. And that our youth, years into the future, will be the tax payers working ever so hard to pay off our debt within a socialism type state of affairs controlled by big government.

    February 6, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Patriot

    Republcons should just get the dam thing done, instead of trying to force a below 800 billion$ figure, just to smirk!

    All one needs do is to LOOK AT OBAMA CAMPAIGN!
    And remember the EFFICIENCY of the 'no drama Obama' campaign.

    That is the same efficiency and effectiveness with which the US Govement will be run under Obama.

    Give him a trillion or two or whatever he asks for!
    Obama IS NOT bush-cheney!
    Obama will use taxpayers' money WISELY!

    February 6, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. roger olson

    The money loaned to companies like AIG, at what interest rate was the loan at? The way our government operates it was probably zero.

    February 6, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. Karen O

    Quite frankly, I am sick of the small number of Republicans in Congress that survived the last political election whining about the new platforms/stimulus bill for the American people; if they had not followed Bush so blindly, the country would not be in this situation. People seem to forget that Obama had this prolbem waiting for him when he walked into the Oval Office.These whiners are not really interested in "stimulus" for working people; they like partican politics and special interest politics;they are really interested in continuing the same old business of tax cuts for their rich friends in corporations and on Wall Street; I wish the press would make a little more support [financial impact analysis] for Obama's plans since he has only been in office for 3 weeks. When will CNN get out there " on the street" and have some stories from real people about life as it happens !!!!!

    February 6, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. Ryan Indy

    Congrats Dems on setting yourself to lose control of the 2010 elections and 2012 general.....This bill does not attack the the root cause of all our problems....THE HOUSING INDUSTRY......Obama is falling on his face and Harry once again looks like a loser....

    February 6, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. Rick

    Bad decision on a very bad bill. The beginning of the end for the Almighty Obama.

    February 6, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. Linda32

    I'll believe it when I see the vote.

    February 6, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Lisa, VA

    Good, and I hope the pork is out of it. I hope Nancy has stepped up to the plate and I hope it's something that President Obama feels comfortable in signing.

    I also hope the Republicans are onboard, but if they aren't I don't care at this point. Those multi-millionaires should walk a mile in our shoes.

    February 6, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. John Thielbahr

    I disagree with Candy Crowley that the problem is Congress acting too quickly. The problem is with execution. George Bush failed in his execution of Iraq, Katrina recovery and the TARP bailout. Give Obama a chance to execute this plan. He can't do any worse than what we have had the past 8 years.

    February 6, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Tom Lewis

    Where in the world is all this money going to come from? We are in a global economic crisis, not like we can borrow from another country. What in the world is going on?

    February 6, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    Yeah the operative word being "tentative". Keep an eye out for the pesky Repub right.. that "tentative" could go to "nothing".

    Obama/Racoons 8 more years!

    February 6, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. Niky

    Great... the wheels are turning!

    February 6, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. Felonious Monk

    A meeting of the minds? What minds? Is this a $780 billion corruption package?
    I for one am glad that Obama was elected! Now we can truly see whether or not any American elected to serve "the people" is above corruption. That is why I voted for him. Not for change, but for confirmation.

    February 6, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. Erika, KS

    Corporations don't need bailouts; people do. People need help. From all accounts, the companies that already received tax dollars, the CEO's and managers are common thieves, stealing from Americans. You want to throw more money to more companies? How stupid.

    February 6, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Chelle in Fla

    Praise God! We were all entitled to our differences, but ultimately I just want my leaders, both democrats & republicans to work together to do what they feel what is right for the people of the US!

    February 6, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. Tony

    Let's see how badly the Dems sold out.

    February 6, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Clinton Voter

    We will look back on this day and say: "That was when the 2nd Great Depression began."
    Way to go Congress.

    February 6, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Ray Ray

    Name the Republicans that are going to vote in favor of this Pork-ulus Bill ...and I will tell you the names of a few Republicans SURE to lose their upcoming re-election bid.

    Americans are obese and Congress is serving bacon?!

    We need a financial diet NOW. Cut expenses!! Only idiots want to INCREASE spending!!

    February 6, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    HA...and here we have Krugman, the last guy to win the Nobel Prize for economics, telling us the tax cuts are toitally misguided and that the bill needs to be even bigger. It's going to be hilarious to listen to the GOP try to spin the failure of this thing into Obama and the Dems' faults when it's them who did everything they could to give it less of a chance of succeeding by making it too small.

    February 6, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Amber

    $780 down from $900 – I wonder what got cut?

    Did the Republicans take out $120 billion worth of infrastructure jobs?
    Or did the Democrats take out $120 billion in tax cuts?

    February 6, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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