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. democrat

    He southerncousin, did you marry in the family? Republicans have been ripping you off for 8 years, and now your really ticked off! WOW! I am impressed. You make the comment of 40% of Obamanation doesn't pay taxes. Oh... you mean the poor people, disabled and elderly ignore them. They do not need help, because you pay taxes.
    Go tell your grandma or grandfather that you are not going to help him/her because YOU pay taxes.

    Guess what democrats rule now because of the idoitic rule of the republican party of last 8 years. Lets spend some of the southercousin money, Lord knows he/she has plenty of it under the Bush administration!

    February 10, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Wal

    People who don't believe in Government Jobs are getting their paychecks and health care from Government for their entire life.
    you called Hypocrisy!

    February 10, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Come again!

    WELL IT'S ABOUT TIME!

    February 10, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Chris - Denver

    Good. I hope it helps.

    February 10, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Paul from NYC

    The conservatives shouldn't worry. The adults are in charge now. We'll fix your ideological failures like we do everytime.

    February 10, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. BT

    To those of you continue to cry pork, please state what YOU feel the real pork is. Have you even read the bill? House version? Senate version?
    Aren't you just reapeating what your messiah Rush says?
    State specifics and give your opinion. It's time for some old-fashioned debate.

    February 10, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Saber

    Reps are just mad money is going to THE people, not THEIR people. All you Rep. house and Senate members up for election in 2010, WATCH YOURSELF.

    February 10, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Byssent

    To everyone who says the bill is pork laden. Did you actually read the bill or you're going by hearsay?

    By the way, one man's pork is another's sustenance.

    February 10, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Rich in FL

    Great! Now to reverse the damage of Republican right wing.

    February 10, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Glenda, PA

    @Scott L

    You mean bye bye George W. Bush's America.

    February 10, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Debra Austin, Texas

    Sam Sixpack says:
    Suppose our children will thank us one day for giving away their future to the rich?

    Maybe they will thank us for having an America at all.

    February 10, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. NEL E BELL

    YIPEEEE!!!, FREE MONEY WHERE DO WE GO TO GET SOME. I NOW REALIZE THAT MY RETIREMENT IS NOW BEEN POSTPONED SOON TOBE REPLACED BY A SECOND JOB AND MORE TAXES. WHY IS IT THAT ONLY THE DEAD BEATS AND SLACKER CROWD CAN AFFORD CELL PHONE PACKAGES AND SUBSIDIZED RENT AND THE TIME TO GO PROTEST FOR MORE.
    A QUESTION FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE STILL WORKING? I SWEAR IT SEEMS AS THOUGH OBAMA CARES ABOUT THE QUOTE "POOR" AND THE BANKS, FRANKLEY I'M TIRED OF CARRYING SO MANY NONPRODUCTIVE SOB'S.

    February 10, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Cue psychotic morons misusing the word "socialism"....

    February 10, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Now it's time for all of us to either lead, follow or get out of the way. Progress is coming through.

    February 10, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Wicked Duck

    Remember.....according to Maverick McCain and the "Bushians"....our economy was SOUND!!!! Who wants to keep living the way we're living? EVERYBODY is struggling. We tried it their way....FOR 8 YEARS!!! Don't hate the PLAYER. HATE THE GAME!!!!

    February 10, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. dlk

    Well naysayers and "full of pork" accusers (where, I ask) – let me say what you all said to me when I was saying stay out of Iraq, stop spending billions there it's killing us:

    Feel free to leave.

    February 10, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. KRC

    It's like a bad horror movie. I can't bear to watch the destruction of this great country with this misguided economic policy.

    February 10, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. SHIRLEY "60"

    IT IS JUST GREAT TO NOT NEED MCCAIN AND THAT CRAZY, HATEFUL, GREEDY BUNCH OF OLD MEN AND WOMEN THAT RUN IN A PACK LIKE SHEEP TO HELP THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. THANK GOD THERE ARE AT LEAST 3 REPUBLICANS WITH GOOD COMMON SENSE. NOW LET'S MOVE FORWARD QUICKLY!

    February 10, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Hall for Obama

    Ted: God send a man to help you and you turn him down. Why are you worry about a bill your children will pay when they grown up. Did God come down and tell you they will be here or that they will grown up. Let's take care of today and pray that there is a tomorrow. Oh by the way I am so thankful for those dumb Dem's in Congress.

    February 10, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. jaye

    YEAH!
    This Bill will help our country and our economy.
    I thank everyone who supported it.

    February 10, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. George James

    Shame on John McCaine and the republican party...
    Congratulations to President Obama.

    February 10, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. WhoCares?

    OH neato.

    Look at all the Dittoheads parroting Rush and his "Socialism" Rant.

    99% have no clue what Socialism even means.

    February 10, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Claire, NH

    Congrats Mr. President. You are brilliant.

    Obama 2012

    February 10, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. mb in CA

    here is a thought...

    If you don't like it and can't come up with a better plan, shut up and leave.

    If you don't like it but want to see what happens after it is implemented, then sit down and shutup

    If you like it, sit down with a smile

    February 10, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    @ Fred

    Civil war huh? Well, at least we know why you people love your guns so much...if you can't get your way playing games with our gov't instead of taking the suffering of millions of people and the lessons of the past seriously, you'll just shoot your way to being right? I hope you realize you'd lose...horribly...inner cities voted for Obama, and they've had a lot more practice shooting people than you have running around the woods pretending to hunt deer.

    February 10, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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