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. JJohns

    Our Media has been hijacked........I didn't want to watch Keith Oberman because I believed in our journalists till I realized what What President Obama is against after only two weeks of his Presidency has been turned to be like a year term......

    God help us!

    February 6, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Barbara

    God bless you, Senator Kennedy.

    February 6, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. walter

    So far Obama as expected has been a COMPLETE failure!!

    February 6, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. SA

    Let's hope he doesn't drive off a another bridge and kill a second woman on the way to vote. But not to worry, the media and the rest of you kool-aid drinking socialist wouldn't care.

    February 6, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. LMC in Seattle

    Ted's vote is needed because the Republicans in the Senate and House are still stuck in the old days. Ted has had his faults, but he has done a lot for our country.

    February 6, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Scott L

    @Ohio-

    Rush and others WANT OBAMA SOCIALISTIC POLICIES TO FAIL.

    Stop taking things out of context.

    February 6, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. chris@stl

    Thanks Sen Kennedy. You are a true patriot. God bless ...

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

    I don't wish Kennedy any personal ill...but he's done enough damage to America. And remember...I'd rather hunt with Dick Cheney than drive with Ted Kennedy

    February 6, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

    It is a wonder after all the back slapping and thanking one another for all their hardwork that anything gets done.

    Reid is a big WUSS and his saying that he and John McCain have been doing this for 27 years and seeing the results makes me sick to my stomach!

    These people are a joke! Look what they have done to this country. When need a REVOLUTION!!

    February 6, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. MM

    Does it even matter to him what's in it? He may not be the only Democrats in congress with a brain tumor.

    Some of you are going to be very disappointed by this bill and its ability to create jobs.

    Judging by some of these posts, it may take a trillion or two to find some of you jobs. You seem unemployable. It's just not going to happen.

    Feel free to blame Bush or Palin or Rush or Republicans if it makes you feel better.

    February 6, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. C W

    Thank you, Senator Kennedy, for all your years of service. Your commitment to average Americans has always been evident and inspirational!

    February 6, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. tennisguypitt

    Glad he's getting better.

    February 6, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. Newagegop

    Bush's TARP was a mistake because it was rushed. Obama's terrible decisions with our kids money out of fear. Bush used fear of terror to take away rights now Obama is using fear to steal money from our future to empower his agenda.

    No one here should suspend their common sense to justify political objectives. You can't spend your way to prosperity folks and we are lighting the fuse to a inflation bomb. This better work or our kids America is doomed.

    February 6, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. Butch Dillon

    Awful, awful, awful! Useless Republican tax cuts combined with useless spending spells a worthless bill. Where's the creative economic thinking? We need meaningful, stimulating action, not ideological drivel. Once again the congress proves itself a collection of the worst of the worst, absolutely no one's best and brightest. Collapse is on the way.

    February 6, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. SueB

    Obviously they're sweating having enough votes so they had to drag Kennedy in. All you folks who are so excited about this bill should read it. I did, all 400+ pages. It's quite the eye opener. To the small business owner who's had to lay off people and is trying to find them jobs, I hope your small business was farming, bee production, road or bridge construction, heating and air conditioning or some other structure building trade because that's about all the potential jobs in this bill. No one has actually ever identified one job that will be created let alone how these jobs match to the jobs people are losing. They only talk about how this will create or save 3 or 5 million jobs. The people that have lost their jobs, from aerospace engineers to computer programmers to financial industry employees to sales people to coffee makers are not going to find a replacement under this bill.

    February 6, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. Carolyn Jones

    It is pathetic that Kennedy must go to DC to vote.....when will the Senate get on Board?!?!?!?!
    McCainn, Palin and the rest need to retire as they are non-effective and created the mess we are currently in along with Bush

    February 6, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    Kennedy and Carter just keep cheating the devil.

    February 6, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. Hammer

    Back room deals, ram through bill against citizens wishes, and unite the country -- change you can believe in!

    February 6, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. Noella Maehl

    Mr. President,

    Why did you include social programs in your stimulus? That should have been done at a later date. The importance right now is for the economy, jobs and foreclosure.

    February 6, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. fearful for my country

    This old fart needs to retire. The kennedy era is over.

    February 6, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. Libertarian in KS

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

    I'm sorry, what? You're listening to Liberal rhetoric? Go read the actual quote: Rush said if Obama planned on pushing a Socialist and very Left-wing Agenda he hopes he fails in that. He never once said he hopes Obama simply fails or that America fails, only that he fails in instituting Socialist agenda. Please, read more than just your own side once in a while.

    I am not a Republican. I did not support McCain or Obama. I do not support neo-con agenda. Just to head off any of your empty rhetoric attacks.

    February 6, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. Drunken Fool

    Must have lured the lush out with a promise of some sippin' whiskey! So sad what this man will do for a drink.

    February 6, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  23. Texas Teacher

    Thank you, Senator Kennedy. Take care of your health. God bless you!

    February 6, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. Texas Teacher

    Ray Ray..... you are losing your mind! NO ONE.... I mean NO ONE has done or given more than the Kennedys for this country!

    Get your nose out of Rush Limbaugh's behind and start thinking for yourself with that pea brain between your ears!

    Bush and His Cronnies are the ones who have done NOTHING for this country but HARM!

    February 6, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. Mike

    The Kennedy era is OVER ! It's time for this has been drunk to head back to the compound....and stay !

    February 6, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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