February 6th, 2009
05:49 PM ET
6 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. Michiganian

    It's about time! Now stop whining Republicans, and let's get people back to work.

    February 6, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Ellie, MD

    Wow... how many of you wanna bet the REPUBLICANS are going to claim CREDIT for doing absolutely NOTHING!

    HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! Unbelievable.

    February 6, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. kayla

    THE REPUGS ARE ALL ABOUT "ME" NOT ABOUT WE THE PEOPLE.

    February 6, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Scott L

    Down goes America! Down goes America! Down goes America!

    Let the socialism commence.

    February 6, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. elsie

    The Republicans are still ruining this country. Remember this in 2010.

    February 6, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Belle

    Please explain to me a bill that does NOT spend money until 2010 and 2011...how exactly is that going to stimulate today?

    The meltdown will happen long before they spend a penny.

    February 6, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Citizen Abu, CA

    Republicans happily and slowly dragged everybody into these mess, for 8 years, but they are not willing to help us.
    Kill no more family, senators!.

    February 6, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Mike in Vancouver

    Will it be enough?

    February 6, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. alvino

    It doesn't matter, the repubs will all vote 'no.' (even if the package is 100% of their worthless tax cuts.)

    February 6, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Tosin

    Wolfe just asked an amazing question...why would the senator from TN wants to bail out Banks and not the main streets.

    The Senator apologizes for people who have lost their jobs, but we should not do anything while 19,000 a year continue to loose more jobs.

    Republicans are just so stupid and so is the voters that elect them to congress.

    We voted for Obama and more Dems....we voted for Change

    February 6, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Obama '09

    wow that was quicker than i thought, glad they were able to stop dragging their feet and get this show on the road!

    February 6, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Scott L

    I love how White House is now saying 24 months to pull out of Iraq when Obama suckered your vote with a 16 month promise. Another broken promise.

    SUCKERS!

    February 6, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Independent_me

    Thank God that President Obama got off his idealistic behind and told it like it is to the public. The Republicans have been defining this debate, and they were spinning it to their advantage. They abused Obama's generosity and good intent to be inclusive, and had begun to spin a web of deceit to entrap him.

    No doubt Obama's plan to go directly to the people and hold town hall meetings scared the bejesus out of them all – both Repubs and Dems. Also, the news reporting has been so unfair to Obama. They all let Bush get away with whatever, and were too scared to say anything against his administration. But here comes Obama, and in just three weeks, they expect him to fix everything. Shame on the media!

    February 6, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. Jeff

    How very stimulating, neither side is happy and we are stuck paying for it. How about, investing for the future (education) and allowing some businesses to fail... Sounds like capitalism to me.

    February 6, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. Flo

    This will happen and Republicans will pay the price in 2010......................these are different times we should not compare the 90's with 2009. Times have changed and as a growinf society we need to change with the times. Republicans will be voted out of office not Democrats......................Obstructionists need not be in office to make political points. 4 million people out of job and counting, this not a statistic but real lives and I feel for them.

    February 6, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. honestly

    AT LAST!

    February 6, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Proud Democrat.

    I thought there were only 4 Republicans that have signed on board ....so will this be considered the Democratic Stimulus bill?

    February 6, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. Louis

    DO THE MATH–The stimulus will cost over $200,000 for every job created. The American taxpayers are ripped-off. The bank bailout has little accountability–taxpayers ripped off again. When will we ever learn that the best people to solve this economic disaster ARE NOT the legislators who originally caused this debacle through incompetent management of expenditures and regulations.

    February 6, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Good job. It would be nice to know what makes up the $780b package before the next step. One republican is about as close to what could be suggested be the best way to go. Wait for Geitner to reveal his overhaul of $700k bailout.

    February 6, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. J in Ct

    it was reported that Sen. Gregg was going to abstain on the vote. Under the Senate rules doesnt that have the same effect as a vote against the package? Seems strange that he would not be supportive and it taking a "cop out" route.

    February 6, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Chandra

    I listened to Bob Corker's comments this evening. It was evident that he's a partisan jerk who's more interested in being a "republican" than helping the little guy, who by the way, won't be voting for him in 2012.

    February 6, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Simmy

    It would be a disgrace if Democrats allow Republicans to back them into a corner. Stop all the negotiating and vote. Shine the spotlight on the opposers. Those who vote against or filibuster will be exposed.

    February 6, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. Steven Fitzpatrick

    Wolf,
    How about the Bank that announced today; it would rather not have $10 Billion bailout, than have to deal with the watchful eye of the Government.
    What does that tell you about the "responsible" Republican side of this story? We've aleady given them what they said they needed to unscrew what they screwed up.

    February 6, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. speur911

    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 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    if I understand the argument, the democrats want more money for the banks and the republicans want to give it to us?

    February 6, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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