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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soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. Maggie

    How can anyone say Obama made any sense last night. As usual a lot of words but no meat. come on get a break. Get rid off all the pork spendin g and get our country back on track. We may be history as a country if all the spending does not stop. Did you not hear aht we had no backing. the only country that has any real money is China dn we have barrowed to the hilt from them. As the guest on Bill O riely stat5ed last night and so did the president that we just would pring moe money. Now I can use the kids play money. It is just as good.

    February 10, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Carla B.

    Take this, stupid, criminal Republicans.

    February 10, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. mark

    Well the hell, why not? It's only money, right? I mean they can just print more of it, can't they?

    After all, all the economist told Obama we have to spend money to get out of this.

    I'm not sure they said borrow or print $837 billion and spend it. Either they are really bad economists, or Obama told a half truth, and we are now screwed.

    Couldn't we have done more tax cuts and less spending and still have stimulated the economy? JFK style. He was a Dem. That might have been the better choice.

    Please, don't say we tried that..... Because that would be another Obama half truth.

    February 10, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Christine Williamson

    Are Americans so ignorant to believe the Repulicans got us in this mess! Remember the DEMOCRATS are the ones in Congress that have made these horrible decisions time and time again. Tax and spend is their moto! We really need a Ronald Reagan again. Here we go again, it's almost like the Clintons are still in charge. I wonder if anyone has really paid any attention to read between the lines on the stimulus bill. These health provisions that have been snuck in are unbelievable. Hold onto your hats, they may be all we have left after this.

    February 10, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Arnie

    It's been a long time coming but Change has come to America!

    February 10, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Steve

    The fine stewardship of the Bush Administration has left this country very few options.

    Let's see; Do Nothing and watch our economic system shrivel up and blew away, taking real people with it. Or, do something that cost $$. in order to attempt to save the system. I wonder which is better.

    Those that pine over this country turning socialist are ignoring a couple of interesting likelihoods. 1) If the system shuts down to much and for too long, there won't be a system; 2) If you're worried about being more like Europe you're buying into the myth in this country that the European model is inferior to our own. The truth is that every country in Europe (Russia is NOT Europe) has a higher standard of living than this country.

    Finally, for the GOP, you've just placed yourselves in the irrelevant category.

    Applause to the three who were able to look after the country's interests over their own.

    February 10, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. dan

    The Republicans are a bunch of cowards who helped to create a problem, and now either deny that it exists (Carl Rove telling Bill O'Reilly that the media is over-hyping the problem), or are too afraid to do anything about it. Their strategy is purely political. Do nothing. Then, if the stimulus plan fails, tell the world that you voted against it, and get re-elected. If the stimulus plan succeeds, the happy voters will tend to vote for the incumbent anyway, and you get re-elected.

    February 10, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. D-MI

    Ray Ray:

    You sir, are an uneducated moron.
    To compare Russia and France in terms of economic or social standards is, at best, a silly proposition. To compare France – one of the most socially and economically progressive countries in the EU- to Cuba, which the US has had a ECONOMIC EMBARGO against for over 40 years, is just plain stupid.

    February 10, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Tabeth

    is everyone stimulated now!

    how is the status of your account now???

    February 10, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Kasie

    Our real enemies are the Republicans right here at home....not the terrorists abroad.

    February 10, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. To Hell With Republicans

    Thank God!!!!!!! I hope that in the next elections the Dems. get five more seats in the house and then they will not need Repbulicans for anything. I am looking for the day when there are no more than 20 Republicans in the Senate.

    February 10, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Peggy - TX

    The three Republican Senators that voted for the Stimulus bill are to be congratulated. They forced the Dems to compromise by removing items not narrowly targeted to help the economy. These three wise Republican Senators defied their own party leadership to do the right thing for the American People making them some what heroic. Thank you.

    February 10, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Susan in SC

    Steve, let me know when you run for office – you have my vote.

    Charlie – please go check your facts. Hoover was in office when depression began, not FDR. The New Deal saved the economy and produced great infrastucture for America. Yes, there were sacrifices. My family farm is underwater due to a much need dam in the Tennessee Valley, but Great Grandma was compensated. The upside? Electricity to that area of the country!

    Research is a wonderful thing – do some before you spout off.

    President Obama did not start this mess and unlike President Bush, President Obama consults top economist prior to creating a plan. What makes you smarter than our leading economists?

    February 10, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. lori

    Geez people stop the blame game(republicans, democrats), It doesn't matter who or what got us in this mess, the fact is we're in this mess now.

    Tax cuts don't help, especially if they're for the wealthy, so it's time to try something new. It's ok to have change.

    This is the time to get out of it. Stop dwelling on the past and focus on the future. No more blame game. Obama is our President whether we like it or not.

    My family is fine. We have insurance both health and life. We have a fixed rate on our mortgage and we just bought an American made car.

    I believe in helping our fellow citizens. I don't care if they are Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Green Party etc.. We're all Americans plain and simple.

    February 10, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Lee

    This SPENDING bill comes with a huge cost to this country. BHO in office for three weeks doubles our national debt. You all are going to be so screwed when you see nothing from this bill help you. When someone gets stimulated someone else gets the shaft. Lock up Pelosi, Reid, Barney Frank, Dodd, and all those EDemocrat TAX CHEATS immediately for treason!

    Why was it when GWB and the Republicans spent like drunks they called it deficit spending, but when the Dems do it it's called a stimulus package???????????????

    February 10, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. LI

    Steve, you are right on the money. But expand government is what we do instead..crete or PRESERVE 4 millions jobs..mostly government jobs at the local, state or federal level..don't work for the government,,,blub, blub.blub

    February 10, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Tah

    to all those who don't like the plan...you would rather what? do nothing? wen your ship is sinking it's better to just let it happen then plug up the holes? Oh wait no! I know...more tax cuts! Like exactly what we were doing to get ourselves in this mess.....SO when your ship is sinking...put MORE holes in it! you guys are so right! I am so happy you ran this country for the past 8 years otherwise we would really be in trouble.

    February 10, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Linda Blum

    Comment: can not find the web address for "Mail to the Chief"....does it exist?

    Question: What is in the stimulus bill for seniors or the disabled on Social Security?

    thanks, linda blum

    February 10, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. antillian

    To Ted ................................. yes of course it were the Dems that created this mess in the last eight years........ of course we believe everything republicans say...of course......your social security money was gone before the 44th president went into office. So please don,t act high and mighty for your children ,we were brought up to believe that when we reach that right old age that there isn't a cent left that because of the fiscal consevatives way of making money the last 40 years. People need to start thinking more about what tripe they spout......You want things to change....START CHANGING THEM!!!! Don't wait for goverment handouts and blaming every politician for your personal problems....get of your fat A.. and do something!!!! whiners

    February 10, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. xddy4u

    I'm going to pose one question. Do you use the same size WRECKER to pull out a Semi-Rig and Trailer that's in a DITCH, as you would on a Volks Wagon Beetle?All you that are talking about your Grandkids will be strapped with this. If nothing isn't done, and we sink deeper, you can kiss your Grandkid's private schooling good bye, as well as their future college fun, because it will be used to pay off their parent's debt TODAY.

    February 10, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Zaley

    Republicans need to face the fact that their heros of yesteryear (George W. and Carl Rove) are gone. The fats cats gave away all the $$$. It's time to think of the American people now. Quit rubber-stamping everything Republican...Americans need to VOTE REPUBLICANS OUT!!!

    February 10, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. MaryK

    It's about time!!! Congrats President Obama!!!!

    February 10, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!



    February 10, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. jm

    Wow, you people are so blinded, so naive, so partisan. This should NOT be about Republicans v. Democrats. This should be about what's right. And I am sorry, but spending over $800 BILLION on things that are NOT stimulative but merely pork and spending provisions is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. I hope those 61 will reap the "benefits" they've saddled us all with.

    February 10, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. arithmetic is liberal

    So Val in MA –

    Which former Soviet state did you say you were from, again?

    February 10, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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