February 10th, 2009
12:48 PM ET
5 years ago

Senate passes $838 billion stimulus bill

GOP Sens. Arlen Specter and Susan Collins say the final bill won't have their support if it is drastically different.
GOP Sens. Arlen Specter and Susan Collins say the final bill won't have their support if it is drastically different.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate voted 61-37 to approve President Barack Obama's proposed $838 billion economic stimulus bill Tuesday.

The measure will now have to be reconciled with an $819 billion version the House of Representatives passed on January 28.

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soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. Virginia Veterans

    It is amazing to me how disappointing the GOP is and continues to be.

    They didn't question Bush sending outrtroops into war wtih Iraq over nothing.

    The GOP will never have my vote.

    February 10, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. AndreinFL

    In your face Republicans who want Obama to fail!

    February 10, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. DrFrann in CA

    Let us pray...

    February 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. R.E.S.

    I'd rather see the president do something than just sit there and let us sink into a hole without even trying.

    February 10, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Taylor

    Its a huge win for the president!

    February 10, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Tim

    Southerncousin....does this mean you owe another $25,200 on your trailer park home?

    February 10, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. charlie

    In 1920 the US went into a huge recession. President Harding cut taxes and even more important cut spending by the government. The Federal Reserve did nothing. The budget was in the surplus for years and the United States went on into the roaring 20's.

    The US went into a second recession in 1929 and Hoover actually did increase government intervention and spending. FDR came in and of course increased the government and increased spending with the New Deal. This time instead of a short recession, the US went into a Great Depression for 16 more years.

    Obama seems to be getting his wish to be the next FDR, but remember the price tag for being FDR is more spending, debt, and another Great Depression. God help us.

    February 10, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Citizen from NY

    I believe this will "unstuck" the DOW. Whether it soars way, way north or tumbles south remains to be seen.

    February 10, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. big papa

    We ALL need to pray that this stimulus works, and the country's economy stabilizes. The partisanship demonstrated by Republicans in the House and Senate is shameful and treasonous! They're sore losers who are TRYING to make the country fail, in hopes of regaining political power. God willing, that will NEVER happen again!

    February 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Olaf

    We won the election and it's payback time. We don't need to worry about what the country needs or doesn't need, as long as Pelosi and Reid get us what we want.

    February 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Precious Coker, NY

    God bless America, God bless President Obama, God bless the Democratic Party and God bless the (Three wise "men") GOP senators.

    February 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. adl@optonline.net

    Don't think so JT. Not when Obama and Pelsi are throwing it in the Republicans face that they lost. Same old Washintgton.

    February 10, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. suz

    I applaud snowe, spector for reaching across the aisle to do what is bets for this country instead of voting on party lines. For those of you who criticize this bill unless your representatives have another worthy alternative than I suggest you give this new administration a chnace to pull our country out of a whole.

    Hopefully in the next year our country will begin to turn around. To the repubs that do not support this package just remember who is at fault for allowing us to get to this point.....YOU

    February 10, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Ray Ray

    Good-bye Wall Street.

    Good-bye Capitalism.

    Hello Euro-Socialism!! It's worked SO well for France, Russia, and Cuba.

    February 10, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. NUNNYA

    All you whiners pack up and move to canada.

    February 10, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Shepdaddy

    Sigh... Not a fan. I hope it works, but te fact that we'll be paying this off for so long is not making me happy. It better be spent well...

    February 10, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Bill

    Good Job and now will the Republicans realize they are not running things anymore. I believe they still think they control everything. Please Republicans you need a reality check!

    Great job President Obama!

    February 10, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Wow

    So, it was acceptable to bail out irresponsible "big" business/financial companies, but helping American citizenry is bankrupting the country.....wow.

    February 10, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Bill in California

    CHANGE WE NEED apparently is a blank check written on an empty bank holding I.O.U's for the generations to come. Wow what a fresh, new approach.

    February 10, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Proudtobealiberal

    Great! Finally the government is working for us instead of against us like it has been for the last eight years. Southern___cousin, that is a cute little trick with numbers but it isn't true. I think you should not get "facts" from Rush Cornball!

    February 10, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Axl in Iowa

    Good-bye U.S.A. Hello U.S.S.A. The fat lady is warmed up. Get ready to hear her sing.

    February 10, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Fred

    So long America. No outside nation was able to bring you down, but the fifth column liberals within have secured the final nail in the coffin.

    By this time next year, tension be high enough to bring us to the brink of civil war.

    February 10, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Simpliticus

    Something has to be done to counter the economic downturn spiral created by the Bush administration. Republicans failed to put the blame on Obama, they failed to hide this all under a rock, and they failed to put up a stalwart resistance to the spending bill. Republicans will know more failure as time goes on do to the problems Bush created. So ask no what your Republican can't do for your country, but what a country without Republicans can do for itself! Republicans are now anathema to economic rebound!

    February 10, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Steve

    Once again the dems feel compelled to prove that you can't deficit spend your way out of a mess. Didn't work with FDR, didn't work with Carter. This bill is nothing but pork and welfare. The good thing is that when it fails, Obama will be history, Pelosi will regret not letting the GOP have any input, and the latest attempt to socialize our country will have been halted. These people have an economic IQ of 5. What a bunch of morons.

    February 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. REF

    this is one of the saddest days in our country because so many as bought into the lies. one can debate the need for a plan but it is not this one its full of pork and unknowns and is full of goodies for the dems favorites.. this is at the expense of our children future we are becoming a country of winers that everything gots to be just right or expect govt to give it to us. acorn etc are the big winners in this bill the american economy and our future prosperity are the losers. obama is simply lying to you all and you dont see it

    February 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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