February 9th, 2009
05:56 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama stimulus plan survives key Senate vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama administration's $827 billion economic stimulus plan has survived a key vote in the Senate, putting a compromise version of the bill on track for passage Tuesday.


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  1. Barbara

    Go President Obama. Do what a majority of this nation voted for you to do. People with common sense know that because human beings are not perfect this bill is not going to be perfect. But what is important is that you have the guts to take a stand to help this country.

    I am not saying that the Republicans are hiding while the country is in trouble but to me the large majority of the Republicans are looking a great deal like a "Gigantic, Gelatinous Doorstop". (I could be wrong, I am just a voter but that is what it looks like to me.)

    February 9, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Sherry

    Remember we have $10 TRILLION to pay off from these last years of the GOP. Look where we are now? So what's another TRILLION $$ to help out those who have nothing left of their dreams. It all fell into the greedy tycoons of banks, oil, Wall St. and some crooked politicians. This is where the root of the problem is for crying out loud.
    Mississippi Mike, where were you when the 10 Trillion was spent?

    February 9, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    I have been fascinated watching the Senate hearings. It stretches my patience as the senators on both sides of the aisle repeat themselves over and over to an "empty" house for the most part. While all admitted something must be done in haste, my conclusion is that most of these politicians simply love the sound of their own voice. I can't help but wonder just how much time has been spent deliberating the pros and cons of the bill and the many amendments that were presented.

    Each of the speakers expounded on the sad state of our economy and the needs of "hard-working" Americans. Yet after watching hours and hours of the proceedings, I have come to the conclusion that the majority of them voted their party line without listening to the desires of their constituencies.

    It has become clear to me that many of the GOP senators simply want to make a fool of our new president, without considering all the implications of the bill being presented. Yet, to be fair, I'm wondering how many Democratic senators have simply voted their party line.

    All said, this is not bipartisism in the truest sense, and I am disappointed with leaders (especially McCain) who seemed more conciliatory after he lost the election.

    I suggest all members of Congress forget about upcoming elections and work together to solve this huge mess that needs to be fixed.

    February 9, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Melissa M

    Great. Just send me my stimulus check so I can spend it on something I don't need.

    February 9, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. alix

    I understand why the republicans are upset, but it is in the country's interest to compromise. I am pretty sure the democrats are not too happy about more tax cuts going to the rich. The probem is that they are not standing up for their ideals. There are two key points that they should be emphasizing 1. How are personal and or corporate tax cuts going to help you if you have no job. 2. The country should be investing in the infrastructure even if it will not create jobs immediately. I have heard some grumblings about jobs not being available for a year or so, I think if it is a project that will benefit the country like retrofitting buildings with green technology. This will be a good investment for the country and an example for the world. Democrats please do not hunker down. In my opinion it is a good thing that Obama has a tough guy like Rahm Emmanuel on his side because it looks like they will have to do some arm twisting to get things done. Good luck!

    February 9, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Dan, TX

    No need to point fingers at anyone. We do need a plan to invest in the future. We need a plan that will put people to work immediately. Obama has it right. The GOP is going to really look stupid in saying this plan will make things worse when it shown – proven – how many people will get jobs as a result of this. A You-Tube video of everyone who gets a job, let's see them on-line. This GOP is headed for the worst PR disaster in history.

    February 9, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. American Future

    Truth Commision Yes

    February 9, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. NOBAMA

    Penelope – the overwhelming majority of Americans in 1861, North and South, wanted to maintain slavery, but there was a civil war that finally ended it. In this country we are approaching a similarly dangerous moment. We have a president elected almost by accident that no ones knows much about. People like you are very ignorant about Obama and the world in general. You and others who voted for this entity you know nothing about have precipitated a crisis not seen in the country 1861. God help us all.

    February 9, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. arithmetic is liberal

    Dude, Sniffit...

    It's time to put aside childish things. If there's anything worse than a sore loser, it's a sore winner. Telling our brethren on the right to "suck it" isn't going to do anyone any good. In fact, less time they'll be less inclined to listen to us.

    No matter how greatly you feel the urge to "return fire" especially after the lying nasty things they've had to say about us, doing that will only bring us down along with the ones being jerks.

    Don't be a jerk. For the sake of the country, don't be a jerk.

    February 9, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. Lynn

    This is NOT President Obama's bill. This is the Senate's version of the bill which contains more pork tax cuts for the Republicans and takes out the construction of the schools across the nation which have been neglected.

    President Obama's plan is to use money to get people back to work at jobs that will positively effect Americans in the present and the future. The Republicans want to give tax cuts so people can buy more made anywhere but the United Sates products!!

    February 9, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. S Callahan

    Put them all to bed to sleep early tonight so there are no excuses tomorrow....each one voting is accountable to 'each' citizen....the consensus is for it......keep that in mind while we write you names and votes down for consideration in the next Senatorial election.

    February 9, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. JK Ashburn, VA

    Penelope: You don't have a job because you're an idiot. Boehner is not a Senator, he's a house member.

    During the last election almost 50% of Americans polled were of the belief that Congress was controlled by Republicans from 2007[-2008. They may of that opinion, but of course the fact is that Democrats controlled Congress during those two years and has as much to do with our economic situation as the inept Treasury department.

    February 9, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. kyra

    We've tried applying tax cuts and it did not work. It's time for a change. President Obama, I support you.

    February 9, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Cindy

    Grandstanding Republican obstructionists. If they're going to insist on bogging down progress by continuing to put Party before Country... they'll get what's coming to them, next election.

    February 9, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. JOE BLOGGS

    This is my third attempt to have my comment printed: To sum up, it is clear to me haht the COnservatives – led by right-wing talk show hosts – are NOT scared of the Dem stimulus bill FAILNG! Theya re daed scared of the bill SUCCEEDING. For then it will expose their bogus "trickle-down" Reaganomics for the fraud it is! WHat frightens Conservatives more than anything else is paying more taxes to support the less fortunate members of our society!

    February 9, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. jaye

    I thank every person that voted for this Bill – and hope the ones that opposed the Bill get ousted from office.

    February 9, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. I agree!!!

    @BM February 9th, 2009 6:10 pm ET
    Thank you ........You Nailed IT !!!......and McCain put a FORK in him he's DONE!!!

    February 9, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Obama 2.0

    NOW, Pelosi, DONT TOUCH, DONT LOOK AT IT, LEAVE IT ALONE. Wear some cherry flavorerd duct tape wraped around your head and over your mouth. The GOP is laughing their A$$ off, knowing good and well pelosi and house Dems are going to screw this up for Obama.

    Nancy, can you spell BLOW BACK!

    February 9, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  19. Bill survives; American's Don't

    If people would read what the bill actually has in it they would see that it is just special interest ruling the day here. For example, raise your hand if you think repairing statues in federal cemetaries is a stimulus need?

    Don’t like that one, okay, how about providing health care to rich people who got laid off of their cushy jobs? Well, there is no maximum cap on that little perk in this bill, so the sky’s the limit on how much you can make when you get the pink slip, because it is an inclusive world and anyone can partake with this bill.

    If that one doesn’t suit you either, maybe you could agree to the millions being funneled to the National Science Foundation. That sounds legit, right, so there must be some serious science stuff going on there; NOT, unless you call porn watching research. Oh yeah, they were investigated and it’s true: employees were watching porn on office computers while “on the job,” but we the taxpayers are supposed to just nod our heads yes to Obama and say, “whatever you think is best, Mr. President.”

    Not this cookie.

    February 9, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. Sarty

    Kudos to Collins & Snowe.
    Specter- you gave hard time to Eric Holder but.t you made it up.

    February 9, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. Tell it like it is

    If people would read what the bill actually has in it they would see that it is just special interest ruling the day here. For example, raise your hand if you think repairing statues in federal cemetaries is a stimulus need?

    Don’t like that one, okay, how about providing health care to rich people who got laid off of their cushy jobs? Well, there is no maximum cap on that little perk in this bill, so the sky’s the limit on how much you can make when you get the pink slip, because it is an inclusive world and anyone can partake with this bill.

    If that one doesn’t suit you either, maybe you could agree to the millions being funneled to the National Science Foundation. That sounds legit, right, so there must be some serious science stuff going on there; NOT, unless you call porn watching research. Oh yeah, they were investigated and it’s true: employees were watching porn on office computers while “on the job,” but we the taxpayers are supposed to just nod our heads yes to Obama and say, “whatever you think is best, Mr. President.”

    Not this cookie.

    February 9, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Robert ZG

    I would just like to say keep your welfare chk. I dont need it. There are jobs all over the place, people just need to get off there butts and do whatever it takes

    February 9, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. neil

    GOP or DEM no difference, these clowns have run the country between the house and whitehouse that have caused this disaster. Both of these corrupt parties should be cleaned out of power to stop the powerful lobby groups that have run this country into the ground while lining their pockets

    February 9, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. gl, Pittsburgh

    McCain – I am so so glad he didn't win. His just proved by voting no against this bail out and voting for Bush's bail that he was going to continue Bush policy. Most American seen right though Bush twice McCain. Great job President Obama in making sure that most Americans see that McCain is Bush the 3rd. No more Repulicans policy that got us in this mess. McCain is Bush the 3rd.

    February 9, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    How much pork was put in this bill by the Repubs? Part of that answer is their favorite TAX CUTS mantra, but I'm sure there is plenty of pork by the Dems.

    Now both MUST clear out that dosen't put people to work NOW! And one thing that can is to outlaw offshoring our jobs to other countries. That's where all the jobs are and meanwhile the CEO's play golf here and enjoy their mansions, while the former workers go broke.

    Just look to see where the products that you buy are made...Bet it won't say "MADE IN USA"

    February 9, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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