February 6th, 2009
07:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Sen. Kennedy expected to vote on stimulus bill

CNN has learned that Sen. Kennedy is expected to be present for the vote on the stimulus bill in the Senate.
CNN has learned that Sen. Kennedy is expected to be present for the vote on the stimulus bill in the Senate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A working coalition of members of the U.S. Senate have reached a deal on an economic stimulus plan and a vote is expected some time Friday night, Senate sources said. Ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy, the Democratic senator who has been absent from the Senate since collapsing on Inauguration Day, is expected to be present for the vote, sources said.

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Filed under: economic stimulus • Senate • Ted Kennedy
soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Rural Virginia

    This is one of the most significant days for me and my family – our family business has laid off workers and we are scrambling to find work for those who are left. We are desperately waiting for news of the stimulus bill progress. We have a nephew who is departing for Afghanistan for his third tour of duty and we are trying to track what happens in the hearings for state and defense department appointments. etc. etc. etc.
    WE HATE – absolutely despise having to open this website for pending news to find it headlined with a Sara Petroleum story -again and again and again and again.
    Dump the S. P. news or dump website interests. We strongly urge others to follow our lead!
    We're out until you sort your priorities out.

    When the Senate votes, we will read about it elsewhere.

    February 6, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Marva, FL

    A real American hero. Fair weather Senator Kennedy.

    February 6, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. vic

    Bless his sweet heart. I knew he would be there.

    February 6, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. watchdog

    he thinks he is important,because his son obama has trouble.

    February 6, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Go back to the Cape

    Senator Kennedy never could resist a pork spending bill.

    February 6, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Charlie in Maine

    God bless you Senator Kennedy. You are proof that you don't have to be young to be progressive.

    February 6, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Michael G-Ventura CA

    The LION can always be counted on! Too bad the gop is still in their backwards mode. Someone needs to remind them of what happened in November, and can happen to them if they impede progress.

    February 6, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Alicia

    God speed, Lion!

    I hope they keep the education in the bill. Sad how Republicans don't care about education.

    February 6, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. yuri

    That's what I am talking about. Or I am rejoicing too prematurely? Decidedly, even this tentative deal on the stimlus package compares with crack shooting at the problem rather than shooting from the hip. In my world, if a congress member demurs from commiting to vote would be less patriotic. Yet, the yawning gulf between what the economists proposed and what the politicians pondered was so palpably thick that you could either cut it with a knife or hang your hat on it.

    February 6, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. Alan

    Hey Ted it's great to have you back. Hand me your keys and have another drink. America loves you.

    February 6, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. Texas Teacher

    Take care of your health Senator Kennedy! Bless you for coming out for the stimulus package! You and your entire family has always given too much for the People of this Country! God bless you, Sir!

    February 6, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Scott L

    Night of the living corpse.

    February 6, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. D O

    Sen Ted Kennady God will give you a Long life, you think about your people ? may God bless you ,

    February 6, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. Jacque Bauer

    "Ted Kennedy" and "stimulus" in the same sentence is a horrible picture. Reminds me of his "waitress sandwich" with Chris Dodd. (Excuse me while I puke).

    February 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. Tiff of lithia springs

    WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU SENATOR.

    February 6, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. John in Wisconsin

    Someone review the footage during Reed's address about STIM compromise. Who was the republican standing in front of Mcain calling a point of order and saying they (Republicans ) wanted to read proposal over weekend? These guys are enjoying themselves look at Mcains $!#t eating grin. Now replay that footage while scrolling theses punks net worth under the scene. That guys suit cost more than what Ive been able to aford for my three childrens cloths in the past 2 years. Show that footage over and over again in their home states. These SOBs dont care about the people who are suffering as a direct result of their actions in the past and continue to rub the American people's face in the dirt with their arogant elitest bull $$it.

    February 6, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. yuri

    Now that is a roaring lion staging a comeback to attack the bill by hopfully signing FOR it. Way to go, Ted! Try to set an example for a lot of those whimpy GOPs so they can avoid sprinting away from the package like a herd of wounded hyenas with bees on their tails.

    February 6, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. BB

    Campbell brown needs to watch some of her tapes and do something about her "mouth contortions". They are disgusting. Almost match what she says. Sorry CNN. I just can't watch or listen. I've tried. Just can't do it. What an egotistical airhead. I'll just continue to switch to re-runs (Sure hope when she has that baby she loses the chins too – or maybe decides to care for her children and get someone else to do the show and she can just leave us in peace)

    February 6, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Ohio for Obama- Suburbs

    Rush, 95% of Republicans, McCain and FOX all hope Obama and this great nation fails. Sad, just sad.

    February 6, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. RJW

    THIS IS SOMEONE THAT REALLY CARE ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GOD BLESS YOU SENATOR KENNEDY AND I PRAY THAT YOU HAVE A FULL RECOVERY.

    REPUBLICAN THIS WHAT A MAN THAT CARE ABOUT HIS FELLOW AMERICAN LOOKS LIKE. TAKE A LONG LOOK INTO YOUR MIRROW. WHAT DO YOUR SEE? I KNOW ALREADY YOUR FAMILY ONLY AND THEIR WELL BEING.

    February 6, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Too bad Mary Jo Kopechne isn't here to see this great event. Give me a break.

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

    I'll bet people like ULA have jobs. How many days could ULA go with no food in the house? How many weeks?

    Take your time ULA – just go back where you came from. Monday is fine.

    February 6, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. Peter

    welcome Sen. Kennedy, Kennedy is a good public servant and a loved one!

    February 6, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    Since when were the dead allowed to vote?

    February 6, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. frank in mich

    yes yes such a great man. hope he didn't have to negotiate a bridge to get to the vote

    February 6, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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