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. Cindy

    To Ted:

    WHO screwed up the economy?? I believe it was your party. More Republican policies mean more of the same. Get over it.

    February 10, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    I now realize what the Repugs against the stimulus bill actually do fear. They are afraid that it might work to start to alleviate the mess left by the previous administration!

    February 10, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Edward

    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
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    Where were you when Bush was lying and spending ungodly amounts of money in Iraq? Why didn't Republicans oppose that wreckless, "wasteful" spending? Can you answer that? Republicans spend more than the dems and when they were in office goverment grew by 40%. Stop being hypocrites.

    February 10, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Kevin

    Time will tell if this was a Congratulations moment or a OMG moment. Let's wait and watch.

    February 10, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Whitey from DC

    Let's all chill out and hope that we get a smaller better bill when both houses come together and work on a bill that the president can sign. I want some spending and I want some tax cuts, but keep it under 500 billion.

    February 10, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Proud of American

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND BUSH ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PREDICAMENT THE COUNTRY FINDS ITSELF IN!! WHY DO ALL YOU NAYSAYERS, CONSERVATIVES AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE CONTINUE TO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THIS DEBACLE HAPPENED ON YOUR WATCH OVER THE COURSE OF 8 HELLISH YEARS THAT WE ALL HAD TO ENDURE AND ARE NOW PAYING FOR IT!! NOT DEMOCRATS AND CERTAINLY NOT THE MAN WHO HAS INHERITED THIS MESS AND LEFT TO CLEAN IT UP! STOP TRYING TO PLACE BLAME ELSEWHERE AND ACCEPT THE BLAME NOW LAID AT OBAMA'S FEET!!

    February 10, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Cindy, PA

    In 2010 when we have 20+ percent unemployment, 20+ percent interest rates on mortgages, 0 percent on earnings, the GOP can tie this $838 billion stimulus bill onto the Democratic Party in Congress and the community organizer / social worker president that has no clue and is incompetent. The GOP will take back Congress and once again have to rescue the American public from government.

    February 10, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Matt

    This is ridiculous. Those 3 Republicans who crossed the aisle on this issue will not get re-elected. Absolutely crazy. Good grief.

    February 10, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Scott L

    @Virginia Veterans

    DEMOCRATS didn't question BUSH EITHER. What part of that go to war vote don't you remember?

    CONGRESS APPROVED THE WAR! DUH! Democrats are so naive.

    February 10, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. pdxman

    The boat's got a big hole. You don't know that the boat's going to sink. Patching the hole costs money. Why not let the boat sink first, then decide whether it was worth patching?

    February 10, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Paul Clark

    I think the President should safe guard the effects of his plan by making sure that big business does not take advantage of free flowing money from the taxpayer. To do this he should freeze all wages and prices in this country like President Nixon did in the 70's. This would keep the oil companies and such from jacking their prices up as I expect them to do. If does not do this, prices will go up and keep us from recovering.

    February 10, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. John in Northern NY

    Although there are aspects in this which I DO NOT Like it is much more positive in my mind than the welfare program for the banks and the auto industry. Those bailouts were simply rip off programs.

    This doesn't throw money at failures.

    If only they can toss all the BUY America bull and let free markets prevail I will be satisfied.

    February 10, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. MikeH

    Steve, you are a liar. FDR's plan did work, numerous graphs exist to show how it worked.

    Steve, you and your lying facist Republican buddies need to go live in Iraq, with the fruits of your work.

    February 10, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Junglista

    please stop using the word "pork" to try to sound like you know what you're talking about. This is just another GOP trigger word and is silly.

    February 10, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. John

    Republicans: Party First

    I could be wrong, but I am becoming quite certain that the Republicans in the House and Senate are more concerned with their party's survival than their country's well-being. "Party First."

    The Republican Party in the twentieth century represented the status quo, big business, the cult of oil, the rich and entitled. The true god of the 20th-century Republican Party was money, and at its core–beneath the banal platitudes–it evolved to become a "philosophy" of selfishness.

    I cannot help but feel that today's Republican Party is profoundly irrelevant to the survival of this country. It is a repository of ancient attitudes–racism, greed, stasis, bigotry, false values–that have made the United States of America in recent years a declining nation. I hope and pray that the United States of America will one day consign the Republican Party to history.

    Party's Over... I hope

    February 10, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Dave

    These dumb GOP hacks say "Oh, now the country is going down the drain..." But your idiot hero W already ruined this country. Barack is just cleaning it up now. So go while on AM radio and leave us normal people alone!

    February 10, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Val in MA

    I AM SICK TO MY STOMACH!

    I am from former Sovier Union. I left that country some 19 years ago and became a citizen of this great land 5 years later. Looks like United States has now welcomed these same politics of former Soviet Union, which is socialims with government in control of every affair and welfare and social programs spending. But you know what really is sad? Socialism didn't work in the USSR (Soviet Union) nor any other country. Why then bother implementing these politics in this country is beyond me? The fundamentals of our capitalistic economy will not work under socialist rule. Say goodbye to prosperity.

    I hope Mr. Obama will be happy when our economy is sucked dry – perhaps that was his intentions from the beginning.

    I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!

    February 10, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Ex-Republican

    Finally action is taken.

    We've been bogged down too long by worthless "let's do nothing' procrastinators or ignorant "Tax breaks fix everything, they are the cure to the economy, flu, war, in-laws and cancer".

    The idiots will ramble that doing nothing is the key to success. Yea, with that logic, is it any wonder the smart ones are ignoring you?

    February 10, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. hmm

    Great. its overdue.

    February 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Ravi

    To the 3 Republican senators who made this possible: THANK YOU!!!

    February 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Sea.gem

    Bipartisanship?..Gone...The president can't blame Republicans for the past at Democratic rallies (especially since he and other Acorn initiatives forced banks to give loans to unqualified people to help start this mess), hand the Bill to Pelosi and her partisan pack to write the Bill exclusively then expect everyone to jump on board immediately with no questions asked! that is not good government...and that certainly is not the "Bipartisan" approach to anything.

    February 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. From VA

    For all the talk about how the big banks and auto companies sacrificed long-term stability and profitability by being too short-sighted and interested in near-term profit, it's interesting to me how the government seems to be taking a short-term approach with the current economic bailout. Rather than manage our way through this without putting the country further in debt, we are goint to borrow the funds from future generations to give a quick jolt to economic growth, likely sacrificing future economic growth by forcing the government to raise taxes in the future to pay this bailout off. The government, and most people it seems, are being too short-sighted here.

    February 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. jeff

    im so sick of the. rep. stupidity!! the last eight years have been a disaster but yet they somehow blame the dems!! wake up america time to take our great country back frm the rich who have destryed it!!! or we could give more money to the banks that was fine with the reps... wake up people!!

    February 10, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Robert in raleigh

    What would you do Scott L., John and Ray Ray , NOTHING .. let try something because something has to be done.....

    February 10, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. jaye

    How many naysayers of this stimulus bill are unemployed? Have lost their jobs? Have lost their health insurance? Are living on food stamps? Are in the process of bankruptcy?

    Seems to me only the rich and powerful are against this stimulus bill.
    Whay do they care what happens...they're rich and only want to cause trouble for the less fortunate.

    February 10, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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