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. Ernie in LA

    Margaret, Ronny in NY says no and he is not from the South. DUH

    February 6, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Laura

    It's time the Republicans put down their bully sticks, left the media microphones, and went to work. NOT ONE has come up with any constructive solutions. Nada. Just more tax cuts and the same old, tired, worn out "solutions" that helped get us into this mess.
    For those who voted for some of the bigger Republican idiots like Lindsay Graham they should cringing and apologizing to the rest of us.

    February 6, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. tracy

    independent_me, exactly what country have you been living in??? Don't EVEN complain about the media and Obama's coverage.

    February 6, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Ronny in NY....Do you realize what the cost would be if nothing was done at all? There are over 3.1 million people without jobs today. That means more foreclosures, more children that may not be able to eat, etc. So, keep in mind, you may be doing ok, but there are over 3.1 million people so are not so bless.

    LONGV....Only you think that the President is god, only you, else you wouldn't have wrote something so stupid!

    February 6, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Ray Ray

    By Monday morning... after a weekend of "explaining" to the American people exactly HOW MUCH PORK is really in this bill.... the phone lines will be slammed next week.

    Americans will be heard. Either on dumping this Pork Bill or dumping their reprentatives at the next voting opportunity.

    February 6, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. fedup

    This stimulus package isn't going to grow the economy. It isn't going to put people back to work. This stimulus package is going to grow the government!
    If people want change and they want Main Street to feel a real difference we should insist the government stop withholding federal tax and social security tax from all Americans paychecks for the next year. People would then feel like they could spend again creating a demand for goods which means companies will need to hire in order to produce the good and services.
    The government would still be collecting taxes from other various sources and should only be allowed to spend money on current, necessary programs. No new spending!
    The government should stop spending our money to promote their interest! Don't be fooled they don't care about you.

    February 6, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Joanna

    First you republican morons- it was you that thought the dems saw Obama as all knowing, and messiah like. Not the dems, we just wanted the smartest person running the country, not the idiots you put out there. Joe the tax evading plumber giving economic advise??? REALLY? Enough said! You all had 25 yrs to test you trickle down theory, guess what.. i doesn't work. We need this stimulus for many reasons. 1. JObs
    2. demand for our supply
    3.Fixing everything bush and his stupid crew ignored for 8 yrs.
    I could go on and on, but i feel that the lights are on, but your not home!

    February 6, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Sue, NY

    I just heard that the break down of the bill is 42% tax cuts and 58% spending on jobs and ext. of unemployment. Now I would like to know...how does tax cuts stimulate the economy when you do not have a job to get the tax cuts from? This split does not make any sense to me...I say spend more on infrastrature and give people a job.

    February 6, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. vic

    End that stupid war and we'll have plenty of money to spend on our economy.

    February 6, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Gary, Georgia


    February 6, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. sandee in Portland

    Thank you! This is much more needed than a pathetic tax break that won't do anything for me. I don't mind paying taxes if the money is spent on non-frivolious items.

    February 6, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. angie

    You are not going to get affordable health care from the government. The government can not AFFORD health care
    I bet you can not name one government program that is run well. How often do you hear someone say "Wow, my Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security Benefits, Welfare Program... ...works well for me?"
    When the government can responsibly handle the money it is given and has the programs they are currently in charge of running well then and only then should we even consider giving them more money and the enormous responsibility to tackle health care.

    February 6, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Lanard

    Thankyou Senator Nelson and Senator Collins for avoiding the partisan gridlock to come up with a bill that get Americans back to work. People need to understand that this new bill will not be perfect but it is compromise for both Democrats and Republicans to help solve our grave economic problem in this country.

    February 6, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. george

    when is someone in the media going to raise the question about the new RNC leader; the new black guy. (don't worry i'm black). isn't it kind of ironic the republicans vote him in at this particular time? I'm not saying he is a token but doesn't it seem kind of strange or is it just strategy?

    February 6, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. bea

    TAX CUTS, according to economists, wont help boost the economy that much...G.O.P needs to realize that tax cuts are not the only solution to an economic crisis...so the tax cut is given how will that help those who are out of work? G.W gave tax cuts and unemployment is way out of control....people need to stop trying to be economists when they have no clue what they are talking about.

    February 6, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. bea

    anonymous..that's not true...G.O.P is trying to score political points by trying to make Dems look bad and it seems it is working because the DEMS are weak...

    February 6, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    @ LoNGV

    Please do explain to everyone how the GOP sucking it up and signing a $780B bill to fix the problems their administration caused is proof of Obama not being wise.

    February 6, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. huh?

    LONGV at 6:50pm said:

    "This should teach Obama a lesson, he is not "god," all-knowing and all-wise."


    Um, okay. And you feel you need to say this because Obama has so often claimed to be "god"?

    February 6, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. Scott L


    No southern accent here. Just don't want my kids to pay for your STD education seminars that you will be attending under this stimulus bill.

    February 6, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. Texas Teacher

    Forget these Republican Bozos... their opinion nor their votes matter one whit! They need to get used to idea that they LOST... and we DID NOT vote for bipartisanship! We voted for change.... which means that we DO NOT WANT republican policies... period! I mean... Seriously!!!!

    February 6, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. Charlesy

    Anonymous February 6th, 2009 6:45 pm ET

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

    Try that the other way around.
    What they All want id money in their campian account and th h'll with you and me.
    if Any of thes people had a brain in their heads thery would use it to shoot marbels with.
    Sad. sad. Sad

    February 6, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. Synergyzone

    CNN – bring back links to Fact Check like you did in the election. Expose those WHOPPERS coming out of the republican party at this very moment. Those guys are playing with us. EXPOSE them. PLEASE!!!!!!

    February 6, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. abc

    people actually believe the economy will improve by giving money directly to the people? if so, we don't need economists and why are we not in great economy? because we spend more than we make, and yes, we do need to the banks for a healthy economy...

    wow, unbelieveable!

    February 6, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  24. ballet guy

    With such ridicule in voice commentator just said Obamas where at ballet at Kennedy Center. Cultral prejudice aside, they are seeing Alvin Ailey. Hardly a ballet company, a nationlal treasure with a repetoire highly based on African American culture with predominately, Founder, one of the greatest choreographer/directors of all time and just happened to be black . It's black history month. Get with the progam cnn

    February 6, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  25. susie

    Obama, during the primary, said the public would have a chance, 5 days, to see the bill before it became final.

    February 6, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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