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. LIP

    Thats rich. They (meaning all the Democrats) worked out their differences on the impending train wreck and we will now get a bill, the equivalent of which would be like spending $One Million dollars a day for the next 30 years. Senators using our money would call this chump change. Well we wanted change and it looks as though we are going to get it.

    February 11, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. arithmetic is liberal

    The devil's in the details, itbeme.

    If we have people who are going to implement this correctly, quickly and efficiently, it will work. STRICT OVERSIGHT of this bill's implementation is te only way that we will know it's working.

    And if not, you heard The Man himself: if this doesn't work, we should get a new president.

    February 11, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Tammy

    When the dust settles on the final stimulus vote, would you let us know how each lawmaker has voted? I always trust you folks to keep me up to speed on things I can't find anywhere else.. Even when I'm on your website, my tv is tuned to CNN!

    I live in Elkhart County, IN, so you can imagine how much this legislation matters to my neighbors and myself. One of our senators (Evan Bayh) is a Democrat; the other (Richard Lugar), a Republican. It will be interesting to learn whether or not they finally vote along party lines.

    February 11, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Latte Sipping Leftie

    I smell a VETO coming

    February 11, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Geoff Lewis

    Wow anyone that supports this porkulus i hope you like having government controlling your medical records! You are the biggest morons ever! Princess Pelosi and Prince Reid and King Obama are ruining this country! All you lunatic laughable worthless human beings that voted for these dumbocrats are stupid, stupid and more stupid!

    February 11, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. jill

    All I can say is thank you, it seems that both parties can work together,,MAYBE there is hope after all. Thanks to Specter Thanks to Snow Thanks to Collins. I hope things can start to move once again in this great country.

    February 11, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. no corporate politics

    It wasn't bipartisan. The people were not listened too. We are off to war in Afghanistan.

    Obama lied. Question Authority.

    February 11, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Pat in Georgia

    Praise GOD. Now the people can start getting the help the both NEED and DESERVE.

    February 11, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Simmy

    Three that didn't bow to the Republican machine. It's a disgrace that we are in the 21st Century and Republicans are still in the 19th. You're digging your own graves. TBC.........

    February 11, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Hammer

    Just as Obama promised.
    Everything that was cut in the sell-out was nmoney to help Middle Americans.
    But Spector got his 10 billion. Dems can not blame the Repubs, the only party envolved in this bill was Harry, Nancy,Obama and their lackyes.

    February 11, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Typical White Person

    Sniffit February 11th, 2009 3:20 pm ET

    @ Debbie

    My god woman, do the math!!! $1M x 350M people = $350 TRILLION.


    My God, man, you think every living person in this country actually pays income tax? 20 million illegals don't and 45% of adults end up owing no taxes or getting EIC "refunds" at the end of the year.

    February 11, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Sally in New Mexico

    Hats off to Arlen Specter and the other republicans who "crossed the line". This bill is HUGE, this is just the beginning of what Obama has promised for America, ACTION ! I have been telling everyone just wait for the inauguration, things will start to change, for the better. Here we go!

    February 11, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Soccer Nana

    This is good news; now let's continue to pray things will slowly, but surely begin to "turn around" for the betterment of this great Country and its citizenry.

    February 11, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. rob


    These are all good things worth consideration and debate in the normal process of making law but, this is supposed to be an emergency stimulas bill. Let them be voted on individually to see if they have support.

    February 11, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Ken

    I am so proud and appalled that only 3 out of 200+ Republicans in the Senate decided to act to prevent an economic catastrophe. The rest outside the 3 should lose their seats immediately.

    February 11, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Post this

    What a sad day for America...it truly seems the sheep are out on the pasture.

    February 11, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Pat

    Why aren't all you gripers mentioning the 10 billion a MONTH we're spending on the Iraq war? Add it up. What have we gained? Has it helped you, or our economy? Or, are you thrilled for your tax dollars to go to any Bush/Cheny plan, even if it means killing our kids? Wake up..this mess started long before Obama. Now he has to clean it up. Thanks a lot, Republicans.

    February 11, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Oregon

    Thank you Democrats and apparently the only 3 good Republicans in this Country!

    In two years the USA will be humming – and more GOP's get voted out of office – but Snowe, Collins and Specter will remain.

    P.S. Quit listening to Limp-paa. Hoping a President fails so a loosing, out of touch political party can gain control is very very unpatriotic and believe me, it will be noted in the midterm elections.

    We should all Hope Our Country Succeeds in Any Way Necessary. SHAME ON YOU!

    February 11, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. NEL E BELL


    February 11, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. Ex-Republican

    Bravo to the Three, and only three, republicans in DC that actually work. While their fellow republicans sat around whining like children and threatening their own (they probably eat their children based on how they treat their own kind).

    And tax cuts for rich people, sure doesn't seem to have helped us ONE BIT. So SHUT UP with the tax cuts for the rich and not hurting, nonsense, it sucked us right into this situation. Our economic situation is proof positive that the republican way just doesn't work.

    February 11, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Laura, Boston

    Fellow taxpayers:

    Do you realize that we will not see relief until June? That is when a small amount of our paychecks will be given back to us. Whoopee!! I could have used a one-time stimulus check (which will be given to some of the poorer Americans) to help with some medical bills I have incurred this year. I had to take some out of my Roth early so I'm going to be hit with an IRS penalty.

    Some stimulus!

    February 11, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Disgusted in Cary North Carolina

    Good grief!! I didn't realize there were so many people with advanced memory loss commenting on this blog – It was a Republican administration that got us into this mess and three Republican senators who have been holding this bill hostage. All of you whining morons, just what would you have the Obama administration do? Let the country fall into complete decline thanks to Bush, or attempt to do something bold and pro-active to try and save it? you Republicans make me sick, always have and always will – IDIOTS, ONE AND ALL!!!

    February 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Tesap:Savannah, GA

    whoaa michael scarier than attacking a country without warrant... scarier than leaving Americans to die on our soil while caling them refugees............ scarier than choosing cheney as his running mate.. scarier than getting us into this mess?????

    February 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Susan, Nebraska

    Time will tell if this works. Of course, older people with rationed health care probably won't live long enough to see if this works.

    February 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Oregon

    Why all the 'conservative' outrage now? Where the heck were your voices when the Idiot W was giving away all our money to the banks so they could give themselves big bonusus, go on lavish retreats and buy Lear Jets? You have no credibility and are just clowns at this point. This is the demise of the Republican party. The Country has now moved beyond you.

    February 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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