February 10th, 2009
12:48 PM ET
9 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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  1. gt

    bend over and get ready to take it american its coming

    February 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    My generation and the one after, have been paying FOR REAGAN'S mistakea for decades.

    Once again, the Democrats have to dig us out of another REPUBLICAN FIASCO. And, once again, the Republican'ts are blaming everyone but themselves.

    Most people are not that stupid to believe their crazy smoke and mirrors and the election showed it.

    February 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. rick

    The saddest part of the stimulus bill are the healthcare provisons that were snuck in that do nothing to create jobs and costs more than what the armed services received combined. The biggest losers in this bill are the senior citizens. Soon a doctor will have to check the governments tables to compare the cost of the treatment to how many years it will add to a senior's life and in most instances treatment will be denied. Could this be why they tried to push the bill through so fast before people saw what was happening?

    February 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Beverly, NYC

    Ted February 10th, 2009 12:54 pm E :

    Easy Ted easy, this plan insures there will be an America to leave your children and grandchildren. If that's not enough you can always move to Iraq or Afghanistan and enjoy the billions Bush and the Republicans have spent there without anything in return for America. You can't have it both ways

    February 10, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. wasabe kid

    At last someone is trying to do something. As FDR said, "We have to do something. If it doesn't work out, we can fix it as we go along."

    Conservatives, determined to prevent the country from taking any action that does not increase CEO compensation, are shrieking their usual message at full volume. We can safely ignore their "return to fiscal responsiblity" message because they showed us what they mean by fiscal responsibility from 1994 through 2006, and it wasn't very impressive. In fact, their leadership is what got us into this mess in the first place.

    Remember: Ignore what Conservatives say; Pay attention ONLY to what Conservatives do. They are two very different things.

    February 10, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Just Me In WV

    My President is AWESOME!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Donny

    Why does our government always insist on doing the opposite of what is right. between this and the tresury plan, that is anothe 2 trillion in spending all basically in the same day. The announcement of these 2 plans has caused the market to tank 300+ points today and falling more as I write this. Maybe we should spend some more money so the markets can go even lower. If we had doen nothing from the start before the Bush bailout, we would still have the almost 3 trillion dollars and be in no worse shape than we are right now. Our governement is ruining our great country. Please stop!

    February 10, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Brian

    Seems like nobody knows what to do, so they are trying something which they hope will help. Don't like Obama's remark about the only one who can bail us out now is the federal government. Seems like a dangerous remark. If our economy is suffering severely, the only thing that will correct it is to let it bottom out. It will recover eventually. It always does. Don't need forced stabilization.

    Bible says that if you don't know what you should do that you should be still and silent. Meaning don't jump into things without much thought. Stimulus package is the wrong idea but I still hope it helps. Ultimately, God is in control.

    February 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Shepdaddy

    Oh, and just for the record, we are a LONG way from socialism. How about some of you folks actually go to a socialist country and see what it's all about, rather than calling everything you don't like "socialism."

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

    What's that crashing sound I hear? Oh, it's that the sound of someone's campaign promise about not burdening future generations with debt being smashed to smithereens.

    February 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Bill from Omaha

    Congratulations Senators.
    It's incredible that there are people terrified that this will work and bring us out of the recession. So much for "Country First." The new slogan is "Party First!"

    February 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Jay

    All I heard for thePresident was how the previous Administration more than doubled the national debt. Where are we getting the money for this stimulus plan? From the money tree behind the White House? Sounds to me like either the American "main street" are gonna get screwed worse with higher taxes, or the national debt will go up another 900 billion dollars in the first year of this Administration.

    February 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. felix


    February 10, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Karen- Change is coming

    @ Ted, Scott and all the other negative people.

    You have it all wrong Good Job Repubs for getting us into this mess, leading us into a senseless war, bailing out wall street while offering nothing to people who are suggling which NOW our new President have to clean up.

    Congrats Mr. President, let's turn this economy around. Repubs get on board in Congress or you will not have a job in 2 years. We the American people are tired of the same old BS day in / day out. Let's not repeat the last 8 years.

    Awesome News

    February 10, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Denver Mom

    Time to quit work and live off the stimulus plan!

    February 10, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Jon in CA

    70% of Americans DON'T approve this Pork-ulus bill.

    The 2010 mid-term elections will significantly move the political pendulum back to GOP (minus 3 Senators voting FOR this bill).

    America has just been thrown a 500 lb lead weight shaped life a life-preserver.

    February 10, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Bob in Pa

    Don't blog here – Write your Senators.

    February 10, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Beverly, NYC

    Fred February 10th, 2009 1:12 pm : Fred darling, nice to see you're being positive as always, the Civil War you're hoping for won't last long given the low IQ on the other side. Please review the election results of 11/4/08 with all your personalities, because some of you obviously missed it .

    February 10, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Heidi From OKC

    To Ray Ray February 10th, 2009 1:11 pm ET

    Good-bye Wall Street.

    Good-bye Capitalism.

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

    You should have stayed in school long enough to know the difference between Socialism and comminism........

    February 10, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Ron In California


    it isn't a win until you cross the finish line. As President Obama says some things will work ,some won't. Perhaps doing nothing was not an option. However, history says as painful as these economic events are, recovery is just time away. We will pay for the stimulus package long after the recovery that will happen actually does. So lets call it a win in a few years. Or maybe it will be something else.

    February 10, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Sammy

    To those complaining about the price tag... first go complain about why it exists in the first place. If you agree that both this bill and the Bush policies that created it are equally bad then good for you. However if you think Bush was good but the bill is bad then you need to go take econ 101 and learn about cause and effect. Oh, and remember that business is in the game to make money, as it should be. But some will want to make more money even at the cost of national economic stability and survival.

    February 10, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Ian

    Wouldn’t it make a little more sense to spend this money on raising the paychecks of tax paying citizens?
    A while back, I read an article, I believe on cnn. I can’t remember everything about the article, so please don’t quote me on it. But I seem to recall this article breaking down how much each tax paying citizen would get if this bailout money was shared equally. The estimate was around 9 million dollars per tax paying citizen. That’s a lot of money! I’m sure you would like to have 9 million dollars just handed to you, but then what would you do? You’d quit your job, and the economy would still fail. So why not invest in simply raising your paychecks to current economic standards? Last year, inflation was up 8%, and the average raise employees got at my company was around 3%. This has been going on with companies nationwide for quite a while now. The inflation costs go up, but our paychecks don’t, and now we can’t afford to live in this economy.
    This stimulus package has each tax payer receiving $500. Doesn’t that seem like chunk change compared to how much Wall Street and the auto industry has screwed us out of? We, the tax paying people, are still not really seeing a dime of everything we have spent. I think it’s about time this money that we have collectively put in this stimulus investment be given back to us, and I think it needs to be given back to us in the form of raising our paychecks. I honestly don’t have the answer as to how to do this, I simply have the idea. I’m sure there are “quirks” in the idea, but every idea has those. This is just what makes sense to me.

    With this stimulus, our government will have spent over 1 trillion of our tax dollars. Wall Street has already seen 18.4 billion dollars in bonuses from our tax money. Don’t you think it’s about time we finally saw some of that money?

    February 10, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. rick

    I'm really tired of hearing the country's problems were caused by the Republicans. They did their fair share but the the last 2 years when the Democrats were in control od congress Franks and Dodd forced banks to loan to underqualified buyers. That caused as many problems as anything the Republicans did. There is enough blame to go around! The problem now is too many people are just wanting a handout.

    February 10, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Connie in Tennessee

    Where were all of you complainers when Bush was spending money like crazy that we didn't have to fight a war that we should never have been in?? Since Obama inheired this mess, at least he is trying to salvage something. The ReThugs have no ideas except tax cuts for the rich. Who will be paying taxes if there are no jobs.

    February 10, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Sue

    Steve has the right idea... can you send that on to the White House – seriously can we get some airtime for this idea???

    let's all take a look at cutting back on the jobs that REALLY don't need to be there.

    February 10, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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