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. Jero

    Good, now vote on it, AND LETS GET THINGS GOING! WORK AND HOPE PEOPLE! WORK AND HOPE!

    February 6, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. Max in Arkansas

    Too bad there wasn't as much discussion before deciding to start a war!

    February 6, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Amy Pa

    @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? ***I don't blame you iwould remain Anonymous***

    February 6, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. Judy from PA

    Why didn't the President write up this stimulus plan?? Why was it left to Pelosi and the other nuts in the House??

    February 6, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. San

    I am with Simmy!!!!!!!! I want the names! Take the vote!!!!!

    February 6, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Jeff from Jersey

    Now that the rep[ublicans have taken out most of the real help for the people in this country that are truly suffering it's all ok?I don't think so.Democrats should vote against it and force the issue to add these cuts back.A few more weeks of suffering can be more than made up for by getting the REAL help that's needed.

    IT'S TIME TO HOLD THE REPUBLICANS FEET TO THE FIRE UNTIL THEY STOP STRANGLING THE AVERAGE AMERICANS.THIS ISN'T ABOUT JUST THE POOR ANYMORE.THIS IS ABOUT THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY THAT ARE UNEMPLOYED,NEWLY OR SOON TO BE HOMELESS WITHOUT HEALTHCARE FOR THEMSELVES OR THEIR CHILDREN!

    THAT'S WHAT THE REPUBLICANS JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND.IT'S THE TAXPAYERS THAT ARE CSCREAMING FOR HELP YOU IDIOTS!YOU AREN'T SAVING "THE TAXPAYERS AND THEIR CHILDREN",THEY ARE THE ONES THAT NEED THE HELP NOW OR YOU CAN FORGET THE FUTURE ALTOGETHER!

    February 6, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. NYObamacan

    Did you see Susan Collins on the floor of the Senate! She was wonderful. I would hope more Republicans could put the interest of the American people ahead of their partisan positioning. I could not believe Mitch McConnell saying the New Deal did not work. Is Herbert Hoover thier hero! Should the American economy just go to hell while these ideologues solution is to just take a holiday from all taxes? It's neither responsible nor would it solve the problem.

    Then to see McCain complain that the solution wasn't bi-partisan. If he wanted to be part of the solution, he should have gotten in the room in started negotiating. Thank goodness this man is not our President now! Gas tax holiday, payroll tax holiday, how about a holiday from McCain!

    February 6, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Mariaelena

    As I watch GOP Sens. tonite coming out to speak to the press in their self-righteous tones, I am struck, particularly by the pompous Sen. from Tenn. who had the nerve to say that he knows better about what's right for the ":American people" and about what they need, but of course, he 'still wants to see the Pres. succeed'. Does Tenn elect their senators by who is the most paternalistic? I think Tenn. and all other states elect their Senators to represent public interests and to get things done for voters. If the paternalism was taken out of the Seanate and the House we could move on to doing the people's business of running our country.

    Brunswick,MD

    February 6, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. Russ

    We should all demand an exact accounting of how each part of this stimulus bill will actually stimulate the economy. How will each facet actually create jobs? How much of this bill is just tacked on garbage that we could do without? I support President Obama 100%. I trust congress 0%. Demand accountability. That is not a democratic or republican virtue. That is a common sense virtue.

    February 6, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. I don't think so

    PUT THE FUNDS FOR EDUCATION BACK IN THE PACKAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Mariaelena

    Eeeww...nasty comment about Obama. Very nasty. If anyone thinks Obama is god, it's the press...certainly not Obama. But I think you need a reality check on what went on in this election, and you need to realize that people in this country do support our President, and clearly you don't. Go away for 4 years and support another candidate then or get educated on what's happening in Washington and how Obama is going to break "business as usual" politicians to help you and your neighbors. This is no longer the all-white, male establishment run by wall st. and corporate america and taken into wars that are illegal internationally, while suspending your...that's right, your...constitutional right to privacy and so many other law-breaking situations brought on by Cheney and Bush. Or were you even aware of that or did you care?

    February 6, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. Joe

    Wow, this is almost as bad as when Clinton supported the easing of credit policies. Look how that turned out. We are F'd, completely F'd.

    February 6, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. Louise in North Carolina

    I hope Lindsey Graham loses his next election. He is nothing but a lot of hot air that has no understanding of the American people and what they are going through. All he understands is what the Iraqi people are going through. HOW MUCH IS THAT WAR COSTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?

    February 6, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. THE OLD TIMER

    tosin you wanted change and now you are getting it.....don,t cry if everything falls to pieces remember you wanted change

    February 6, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. ray

    i do hope and pray i wake up one morning and see on the news that all the racists republicans and all the obstructionist on the right in both houses of congress has vanished off the earth so the country can be abetter place.

    February 6, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Stimulating! No seriously, cool. Now let U.S. all GET TO WORK and SHOW THE WORLD WHAT WE CAN F'G DO...WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER AND TO OUR ABILITIES THERE IS NOTHING THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE CAN NOT DO. GET WITH THE PROGRAM !!!

    February 6, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. slp

    Margaret,

    Them's fighten words! I would rather be a southerner than a robotic brainwashed Obama follower. 61% and falling! Is there not anyone else who is seriously worried about our country right now?

    February 6, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Diana

    If all of our leaders, representatives and senators paid their tax bills, like they expect all of us to do, maybe we wouldn't need any stimulus(?) bill and the budget would be balanced. Why don't they get it through their heads that the only way to help people is to give money directly to them? Small business is the foundation of this country, not the few huge Wall Street companies that are unable to balance their budget either. Funny, how all of these people are supposed to be role models, leaders, intelligent, well educated and "know what is good for us" and yet can't balance a budget nor pay their taxes.

    February 6, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. Barbara Campbell

    Here's an idea for quickly cutting $80 billion from the stimulus bill:

    The five Republican governors who have taken a stand against the bill can forego their portion of the funds. That's five states out of 50, so 10% of the $800 billion package.

    February 6, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  20. DropKickFred

    Giving away money is like stealing from yourself! What is so difficult to understand here? This boneheaded anti-American legislation will drop our country into a protracted recession that may last for 5 years or more. You think 600,000 layoffs are bad? You haven't seen anything yet, folks. Remember, the Great Depression saw unemployment levels at 25%!

    February 6, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. JJ

    If I hear the broken mantra of “it was the Bush policies of the last 8 years that got us into this mess” rhetoric I’m going to puke. For all of you Dems out there who continue to try and rewrite history here is what really happened during the past 8 years. For six of the past 8 years the economy was booming (big time) due to initiatives emplaced by President Bush after 9/11 and would have continued to boom until the mortgage industry crashed. It was actually the mortgage industry that started this mess. And why did the mortgage industry crash????? It started with deregulation by??????? Yep you guessed it, a dem, Bill Clinton (Executive Order 12892). When President Bush went to congress to ask for stricter regulations, your demo buddies Schumer, Dodd, and Franks said the mortgage industry wasn’t broken, and was solid (yea right…). When Republicans led by Sen McCain put a bill before congress to place more restrictions on Fannie and Freddie it never made it out of committee for a vote thanks to the dems. So for the past two years we have been hit with the effects of “Democratic Party”. So please get yours heads out of the sand and put the blame where it really belongs (Democrats). And oh by the way, who has controlled the House and Senate these past two years when this all fell apart??????? Right again, Democrats…..

    February 6, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. tennisguypitt

    I'm all for this if it is guarded with strict oversight. That money is supposed to benefit the American People, not these greedy CEOs who should be thrown in jail.

    I'm worried... I mean really worried. We need to get this started. It may work, it may not. But do we really have any other choice? I'm open for new ideas.

    February 6, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. David McK

    GW and Dick stole it from us through deregulation. As a former regulator, I am on the president's side. The least we can do is give Pres Obama the chance to get us through this mess.

    February 6, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. Keith

    Why complain about spending billions to rebuild America when Bush/Cheny spent trillions trying to rebuild Iraq?

    Wake up Americans. We have to save ourselves.

    I support President Obama even though I didn't vote for him.

    February 6, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  25. K Fergus

    If it is true that the cuts the Republicans plan to make are in rebuilding of schools, they are showing the same myopic short sighted decision-making that they have demonstrated throughout the last 8 years. The country can't be competitive if its schools are falling down around the students. SHORT SIGHTEDNESS!!!!

    It should now be evident who the obstructionists are in the Congress. It is not the Democrats. The Republicans can't seem to be satisfied with anything. Well, maybe it's time they are thrown out of the sand box.

    The Republicans have been the main architects of the disaster that the Democrats are now trying to bring under control. How dare they behave in such a bipartisan way!!!!

    It's time they did there jobs. Put the partisanship aside and really think about the country and hardship the people are facing – not just in the near term, but also for the long term.

    February 6, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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