February 11th, 2009
02:56 PM ET
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BREAKING: Deal on stimulus

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday a House-Senate deal has been reached on the stimulus.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday a House-Senate deal has been reached on the stimulus.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on an economic recovery bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

Watch: 'This is the right thing to do,' senator says

"The bills were really quite similar, and I'm please to announce that we've been able to bridge those differences," said Reid, the Senate Majority Leader.

"Like any negotiation, this involved give and take, and if you don't mind my saying so, that's an understatement," he said.

Negotiators worked late into the night to iron out differences between the two versions of the stimulus bill.

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  1. Sniffit

    WHAT NOBODY WILL ADMIT OR REPORT ON IS THAT OBAMA'S ORIGINAL PROPOSAL LOOKS MORE SIMILAR TO THIS END RESULT THAN EITHER THE HOUSE OR SENATE VERSIONS.

    HE SCHOOLED EVERYONE.

    February 11, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Bipartisan

    REG in AZ
    I could'nt have put it better myself. Partisan games are what the country doesn't need. Ever notice how many jerks post here just trying to stir up trouble? Dems and Repubs are to blame for the mess this country is in.

    February 11, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Ken in Dallas

    GS February 11th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

    Too bad the democrats decided to cut one of the few things that would actually help the economy, the 15k tax cut for home purchases.
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    I'm glad it went, I was hoping it would. That 15K would, in most cases, go to well-financed opportunists who want to jump back into the house-flipping business. This type of tax relief would benefit the economy AFTER it starts to recover, but it would be of benefit mainly to speculators right now.

    February 11, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. TEXAS

    Thank You Democrats and the 3 Patriotic Republicans. We don't know if this is going to work but at least you are trying.

    @CYNTHIA, YOU DUMBA__ WE CAN NOT AFFORD A TRILLION DOLLAR (1,000,000,000,000) MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. chris ludlow

    Bravo to all of them!! And after listening to Senator Graham's interview about this with Wolf Blitzer, I will add:

    NO STIMULUS TO STATES WITH REPS AND SENATORS WHO VOTE AGAINST THIS.

    Idiots.
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    this is nice donna. so....where do you attend your nazi meetings? is that where we're at with liberal america? agree or be cast out? how about some special prisons for the citizens who don't believe in this bailout crap. the truth is donna...Obama has you so scared you can't even think straight. let alone for yourself. liberals cry and spout phony sympathy for the poor (doing nothing to help them along the way), yet are some of the most mean spirited and abusive bunch in the politcal mix. just one of the reasons i'm a FORMER democrat!

    February 11, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. CHANGE we need

    YES, this is the right thing to do...IF you are the bully on the block! Ideal 'school yard bullying'...Im gonna pop you in the nose if you don't give me your lunch money! Snowe, Collins, Specter...STAND UP TO THE BULLIES! They won't hit you in public...and MAYBE you can go to the meetings in the 'dead of night'!!!

    February 11, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. GuyInVA

    "A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have." There is debate over who actually said it, but he or she is 100% right. Along with this government handing out what amounts to monopoly money, they will be tracking your medical records to ensure you get the treatment that meets Big Brother's approval. Not to mention the enlargement of areas deemed National Parks (where there just happens to be a blanket firearms ban).

    February 11, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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