February 11th, 2009
02:56 PM ET
9 years ago

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.

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"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. Kevin in Ohio

    Thank You, Harry. Hope you and Nancy enjoy the fallout.

    February 11, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. arithmetic is liberal

    Thank you, Harry.
    Thank you, Barack.
    Thank you, Nancy.
    Thank you, Arlen.
    Thank you, Olympia.
    Thank you, Susan.

    And THANK YOU AMERICA, because this wouldn't have been possible otherwise.

    February 11, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. ralph

    What do you know! Congress can work fast after all.

    February 11, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Cue GOP trying to take credit for the whole thing...

    February 11, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Watcher

    If Harry Reid said he could conjure jelly donuts out of thin air I'd believe it more readily than thinking any bill he's associated with will spur economic recovery.

    February 11, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Liz in Texas

    Finally, some good news!

    February 11, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Mike in Houston


    February 11, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. James A.


    February 11, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. dan in Tucson

    About time. I know that conservatives don't want this stimulus, but the only solution they offer is to cut taxes. Not a good idea right now. Conservative thinking is what got us in this mess in the first place when they de-regulated wall street and the banks.

    February 11, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Chris in Baltimore

    Fantastic! It's refreshing to see that our Congress has overcome the obstructionist tendancies of the anti-American right wing fringe. We'll remember all the hate-filled comments and attempts to derail our economy by the extremists come election day, and reward those who put our nation first over petty partisanship.

    February 11, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. REG in AZ

    Many who buy into the ‘conservative versus liberal’ propaganda are literally just being manipulated and not at all fairly represented. When not identifying the gross dishonesty, the self-serving focus, the constant neglect and apathy and the arrogant and irresponsible conduct, then it is common to fail to recognize who really is in control, who really is always benefiting and who actually is directing the focus. The Republican Party today is controlled by a wealthy and influential element that, for their own benefit, seeks to have puppets (Bush, Cheney, McCain, Palin, Kyl, Graham, Steele, ,,) who perform as their strings are pulled, they also intimidate the Party’s representatives to be unified and vote strictly as told (instead of by their conscience) and they use their significant influence to both overtly and covertly manipulate public opinion. Even the rhetoric used to push their subterfuge is obviously scripted and repeated word for word by all. The Republican Party of course is not at fault for every problem but as clearly demonstrated they have come to where they stubbornly, strongly and arrogantly supported the Bush-Cheney administration as they caused many of the problems, contributed to more and condoned even more yet. And now it is apparent that the pressure is on to continue in those same directions. The drastic circumstances that we face today may just be the wake-up call we really need. It would be great to see the Republican Party return to representing the people, the majority instead of just being focused on benefiting the privileged few and giving subterfuge to everyone else. The people can demand that change and demand that they answer to and really represent the people, rejecting the efforts to deceive and manipulate public opinion. The often addressed never achieved real financial reform may need to be the start in order to take control away from the few.

    February 11, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Mari

    THANK GOD! I would like to THANK, Senator Snow, Senator Specter and one more Republican who crossed party lines to ........

    VOTE....... FOR........ AMERICA!


    NOPE. Shame on the obstructionists of the GOP!

    February 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. James at 46

    Half the money goes right back to the federal government for spending on buildings, Medicare, and other largesse. Thirty percent goes to healthcare and education, two sectors of the economy that have increased, not decreased, employment. This is a bill of goods that will drag on us for years, especially when democrats seize on this year's inflated dollar amounts to set new "base lines" for future years of spending programs.

    February 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Maggie from Virginia

    Of course... They are folowing the orders of President Obama.

    February 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Lush Limprick the REAL RNC Chairman!

    Let us all hope that this has not come too late for our country.

    And you Lush lemmings that did not vote for the bill because you want "Obama to fail", just keep on working like that.

    I think only have 3 repubs in Congress is an admirable goal.

    Thank you Senators Snow, Collins and Spechter, the rest of the repubs can go straight to he!!.

    February 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Debbie

    On the stimulus bill how about giving every tax paying citizen 1 million dollars, we could get the country going again.

    February 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Robin

    Where will we be able to track the progress of this bill?

    We really need to learn from our mistakes. Since the last stimulus was not successful.

    We also need to learn that just because we throw money at a situation, that will not necessarily make it better.

    February 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Camilla

    Bravo! Now I just sure hope they did not keep the insane cuts to (all of) education funds applied by the Senate.

    February 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Jay


    February 11, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Republican Senator makes off with $10 billion

    Republican Senator Specter makes out like a bandit with $10 Billion dollars of the stimulus bill money we all need for economic recovery.

    Senator Spector of Pennsylvania is going to get $10 Billion for his pet project the National Institutes of Health. And what does that mean for me and you? NOTHING. Absolutely nothing in gain...it wont help any of huring american right now but we will all be footing the bill for it years to come!

    Gee, I guess I would jump the republican party ship too if the president and democratic congress promised me $10 billion for my pet projects.

    Who else is getting such goodies in this bill we have to pay for?

    February 11, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Rob

    One of the Triumvarite of Idiots. Driving the country straight to hell.

    February 11, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |


    February 11, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Mississippi Mike

    Great! When will they let the Republicans know what they are supposed to be voting for. I can't wait to contribute higher taxes so Acorn and other liberal activist groups can represent my best interests in protests and voter registration drives.

    Here's my wallet congress, spend my money wisely.

    February 11, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Richard Neffson

    Paul Krugman who has been right about what has been taking place over the past number of years with our economy should be President Obama's chief economic advisor and not the Wall Street types who helped get us into this mess.

    February 11, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. honeychild

    Thank goodness!!!

    February 11, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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