February 10th, 2009
12:48 PM ET
6 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. fearful for my country

    I bet you everything I own that Obama will be asking for yet another stimulus within 6 mths and even then he will not be able to show where this money went to. What a joke.

    February 10, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. ron

    Democrats need to write letters and make phone calls to these republican leaders that believe the bush years should continue. Let them know that you will do everything you can to make sure that republicans are voted out in 2010. America will not be held hostage by these obstructionist using terrorist type scare tactics to get there way.

    February 10, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. 1/20/13

    For all you libs telling us conservatives to leave the country, are you going to print money for ever?????We seem to be the only one paying taxes. How would a liberal country operate when many of you have never worked a day in your life.

    Put a 100 liberals on an island check back in a 100 years my guess they would all be gone. Put 100 conservatives on an island and check back I bet you have a thriving society

    February 10, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Mike

    Thank you
    Olympia Snowe
    Susan Collins and
    Arlen Specter

    February 10, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. J. Dean

    THERE GOES ANOTHER TRILLION DOLLARS OF WASTE, HEY ! A FRIENLY ADVICE TO MY FOLLEW CITIZENS, PUT THE CONGRESS/SENATE AND ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ON A COMMISSION BASIS. END OF THE YEAR AMERICA MAKES MONEY, THOSE CROOKS WILL BE PAID. IF THERE IS NO PROFIT, NOBODY WILL BE PAID. OTHERWISE, WE WILL BE MORTGAGING OUR CURRENT AND FUTURE WEALTH TO FINANCE AND WASTE GENERATED BY OUR POLITICIANS. AMERICA IS BLEEDING AND NEITHER OBAMA NOR THE CONGRESS HAVE A RATIONAL SOLUTION. MORE TO COME.
    MR. PRESIDENT, KINDLY ANSWER THE QUESTION OF MS HELEN THOMAS ADDRESSED TO YOU ON MONDAY NIGHT DURING YOUR PRESS CONFERENCE. OTHERWISE WE WILL START CALLING YOU MR. THE """LYING PRESIDENT""". LET US WEE THE TRANSPARENCY THAT YOU WERE TALKING AND ADVOCATING DURING THE PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN.

    February 10, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Adrian

    It's about time we reinvest in America. We the tax payers should see benefits of our money. Better roads, schools, cleaning up the environment, and more. I want to be safe in this country, but our country is falling apart with leaders who don’t listen to the people and only looking out for their own pocket book.
    Our founding fathers believed that you glorify God by helping out your fellow mankind. Not every man and woman for themselves. It is sad that our society still is breeding anger and ignorance.

    February 10, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. robert williams

    Apparently we're getting what we deserve. In 2002 we voted for the Bush people who either caused or presided over (or both) the mess we're in. Now, with Pelosi leading the House and Reid heading the Senate, and a new president who selects a tax cheat to run the IRS, we're getting more of the leadership we voted for and clearly deserve. When have politicians ever hesitated to spend tax-payers money? After all, it's not theirs, and for sure they won't let themselves be accused of doing nothing–even when they've not the foggiest about how to fix the current economic mess.

    February 10, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Prezzy Junior

    As an economist, I think that;s the right thing to do right now. The Republicans don't get it! They've been brain-washed by a party of old white men!!

    February 10, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. thomas

    Message to all of those who advocate doing nothing to stimulate the economy: Try this strategy on your car or house and watch how well they repair themselves when something goes wrong. Problems left unattended tend to worsen as has been painfully shown from this economic crisis. Yes, there is a bottom, worst possible scenario, to any pain or cough, and when it comes to the economy, like life, sometimes we get better and one time we won't.

    February 10, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. joseph

    Once again, CONGRATULATIONS Pres.Obama. That is the first step to move forward and to rebuilt the economy of America. Keep doing the good job and you're capable of!!!

    February 10, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. ??

    So many of you are so quick to complain but yet dont have an alternate plan or suggestion to fix the nations situation lol Let Obama be the President and you be..well...just you.

    February 10, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Justin from New Haven, CT

    Let all the capitalists who really "gave us prosperity and freedom over the past 8 years" leave the country and found their own Ayn Randish utopia. Good riddance.

    February 10, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. nick

    It is amazing the number of uneducated, unknowing, sheep that follow the voice of doom as if it were the words of Moses. It is plain to see the individuals whose comments come from the same script, and how many are written by the same individual. I bet they wish they could vote with as many different names as they use on these comments lists. Go bye Republicans. Go for it Mr. Pres. Bring us back to greatness.

    February 10, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Jim-CT

    This is just a continuation of the "Woe is me, if I can't have it, no one can" epidemic that has taken over our country.

    If you are in danger of losing your home b/c you overextended yourself and/or signed on some ridiculous loan with ridiculous adjustable rates then you are JUST AS RESPONSIBLE as the lender for being in the situation you are currently in.

    STOP BLAMING EVERYONE BUT YOURSELF!

    February 10, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Ryan-TX

    To everyone complaining about how much debt and burden we're putting on future generations consider this:

    If people don't have jobs, don't have a house, can't spend money, then we won't be able to support a future generation at our current standard of living. People may even decide to have fewer children, creating a U.S. that cannot sustain it's population like Japan.

    By doing nothing and dragging the recession out we will lose more in GDP than we'll be spending to stop the hemorrhaging. Eventually everyone will go bankrupt, we'll bottom out with scores of homeless, scores of starving, less money to support everyone.

    Understand that if we don't try and bottom out soon, the cost to future generations is more than just debt. It's a lowered standard of living, it's a reduction in opportunities. It's continued hardship, shorter childhoods, hungry bellies. Don't be so short sighted just because you haven't lost your job yet.

    February 10, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. C

    WOW! THE REPUBLICANS ARE WORSE THAN THE SOPRANOS! THEY PLAN TO PUNISH THE 3 REPUBLICANS THAT VOTED YES!

    February 10, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. ron

    val said
    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 BAC
    ______________________________________________________

    ya right nice try GOP...do you think we are dumb enough to believe that Russians are here voting for the party of bush and cheney...lol You people will try anything.

    February 10, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    @Val in MA

    You are welcome to go back to dear old mother Russia anytime... as a native American descendant, I'd like MY country back, too... but I won't hold my breath.

    Instead, I'll support the President I helped elect. If you didn't vote for him, too bad. We won and we are TIRED of the libertarian corporatists who masquerade as "fiscal conservative Republicans".

    February 10, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Spencer/Hampton Roads, VA

    It's about time they stopped procrastinating. Man, I bet a president can get so much accomplished if he never has to go through Congress.

    February 10, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. antillian

    And to Val from Russia, hey comrade what you had wasn't Socialism it was Communism , your right that they are both left leaning governments its just that communism was about fifty miles more to the left. Its the same as saying regular Repubs are the same as right extremists( Dems would say they are one and the same, but that isn't right either).

    before I get attacked i am a Centrist I love both sides.....hate me for that haters

    February 10, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Fedled

    Well I guess all the unskilled unemployed workers will be building our bridges and roads and new schools for minimum wage. I hope the bridges holds out longer than the money does.

    February 10, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Jeff

    Sea.gem February 10th, 2009 1:39 pm ET

    Get your facts straight you moron! Nobody forced the banks to make the loans that they did! Some banks chose to make loans to people with crappy credit because they had potential for higher returns than people with good credit. That is why Wells Fargo for example didn't have near as many loans go bad as everyone else because they chose to not offer mortgages to people that don't pay their bills.

    February 10, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. A Descendant of American Colonists

    And so this is how the United States goes down. Not in a bloody war with the common people given half a chance, but with the stroke of a pen and the common people not even understanding what is happening.

    February 10, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Cathy

    Oh, just get on with it. Let's tell all the Republicans it's to fund a prolonged war which we had no business in starting. Then, perhaps, they'll like it.

    Can we just get moving on the economy??????

    How about reducing the House and Sentate of all obstructionist Republicans? Just cost-saving thought.

    February 10, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Alicia

    @ Val....you are in a free country that you are allowed to blog on and not get in trouble.

    The rest of the Repub bloggers......get over yourselves. The Republicans were in power EIGHT (8) years. The took a surplus and turned it into a deficit. NOW some of you are talking about PORK spending? Come on, for goodness sakes. PORK being education. How dare the average American want the schools that are falling down to be restructured so that all children get an education. If you really knew what you were talking about ALL the money is NOT from TAX Payers! Like duh, with the Republicans talking points. McLoser is just mad he lost and wants President Obama to fail. McLoser and Shelby have homes, plural, to live in. McLoser has $$$$$$ and his family eats no matter what. He has no concept of struggles. McLoser did not even know how many homes he had when asked during the primaries.

    PEOPLE ARE HURTING OUT HERE AND ALL YOU WANNABEE ECONOMISTS OR REPUB BLOGGERS GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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