February 13th, 2009
02:38 PM ET
9 years ago

House approves stimulus package with no GOP votes

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives on Friday approved the $787 billion economic stimulus bill by a vote of 246-183.

Seven Democrats joined a unified Republican caucus in opposing the measure. The Senate is expected to hold a final vote on the stimulus package Friday evening.

Two weeks ago, the House approved an earlier version of the plan 244-188, with 177 Republicans and 11 Democrats voting against the measure.

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  1. Blue Tiger

    This bill could have been something great. Unfortunately, it's filled with ridiculous amouts of useless spending.

    February 13, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. ari

    GOP will spend a trillion dollars if it involves taking over some oil producing country....

    healthcare... who cares

    February 13, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    The Republican Party is having a free ride to destruction.

    February 13, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Darko

    The idea of a stimulus bill is good. The bill that was presented is a joke. Why can't you people wrap your head around this. The GOP aren't voting against stimulus, they're voting against a pork laden waste of paper that will create half the jobs at twice the cost. They've shown you the billions in waste and you still don't CARE! Why are the dems SO darn determined to keep their pork!!!!???

    Dont you think taking the risk of near certainty of super inflation and debt is worth taking more than 2 weeks to hammer out a Trillion plus bill?

    Should the biggest piece of legislation ever created be the shortest debated one of our time? Seriously?

    February 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Matthew, Detroit

    People complain the Republicans are a bunch of sheep and followers.

    Well what are the Dems who voted yes on the bill. A bunch of sheep and followers.

    No one has read this bill. No one knows all of what is in it. You people who think it is great are the same people who sign a mortgage they did not read. Then you blame the bank for taking your property when the rates went up. Who's fault was that. No problem you probably cant read anyway so it must be someone elses fault.

    February 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Frank, Las Vegas

    So the Grand Obstructionist Party (GOP) still does nothing to put country first! Politics as usual for the spineless republicans. Their plan (they hope) is for the country to fail and they're the ones who always try to wrap themselves in the flag. The truth is out though, they care absolutely nothing about our country, just politics. The American people have to continue to speak out at the polls in 2010. Let's show these obstructionists the real power of the American voter and send them home packing, to stay! Let's show them what Country First Really Means!

    February 13, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Republicans.......you are neither leading nor following.......time to just get the heck out of the way. That you would try to sabotage a sincere effort to turn our economy around, for purely political reasons, is unforgiveable.

    February 13, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. vance

    Nice comments Kelly

    They have already demonstrated over the past 8 years that they cannot lead and they have also demonstrated that they are stagnant thinkers so it would be best if they just got out of the way.

    February 13, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. bob in LA

    Politcs by politicians- what a shock!
    Our forefather set up a good sysytem. they didin't relaize that by 2009, only immature infants would be in congress.

    February 13, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Viv, Utah

    It is a pity we cannot just agree to differ. I for one do not think the bill is inclusive enough. There are many projects targeted at particular areas. I think everyone should benefit, just not the few. I am sorry but $13 per week just isn't going to cut it. Give mine to the military.

    February 13, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Mac in Denver

    To macolm'smom-
    You Dubya-haters just will not give up. What it says is that there are 183 Congresspersons who think this thing is a bad idea. My guess is you think its a good idea because that is what you have been told to think. Just like you were told that this whole situation is Dubya's fault. What this vote tells me is that there are more sheep than thinkers in the House of Representatives.

    But keep those prayers coming – – they can't hurt.

    February 13, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Capital Insider

    I am curious, but what does this mean:

    " Mr. LEWIS of California moves to instruct the managers on the part of the House that they shall not record their approval of the final conference agreement (as such term is used in clause 12(a)(4) of rule XXII of the Rules of the House of Representatives) unless the text of such agreement has been available to the managers in an electronic, searchable, and downloadable form for at least 48 hours prior to the time described in such clause."

    From what I have read on the blogsphere, the House was supposed to wait 48 hours after posting the Stimulus Bill to allow everyone to review it (including the Public) prior to a vote. And yet 9 hours after it was posted it was voted on.

    Not to mention, good luck getting a copy of HR 1 in its final version (Division A). All of the links on the House and Clerk's websites are all "not working."

    February 13, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    The GOP is doing the same thing to President Obama as they did to President Clinton so their "unity" is no shock to me. They talked all great during the election and putting Country First, but it's back to Party First and Democrats to the back of the bus. Hopefully with the present popularity of this president most Americans will see through this and boot them out in 2010 if the president gets this economy going in the right direction.

    February 13, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. mike

    Thank you House Republicans for standing up against socialism.

    February 13, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. He is "The One"

    The new motto for the Republican party here on out is ---–


    February 13, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Truth Bomb Thrower

    WAY TO GO, REPUBLICANS! KEEP IT UP! It's about time you start acting like Republicans again. Keep up the good work and stop B.O. and the Democrats from destroying our country.

    February 13, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Julie

    I think that the Republicans are staying clear of anything and everything so they have a chance for re-election. If this package fails they can say "I voted against it" if it succeeds they can say "I beg you vote for me and next time I will vote to help the American Public and not my own political career!!!

    February 13, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Is This "Change"

    Explain to me how a railroad from L.A. to Las Vegas (Pelosi & Reids Home States)gets $4 billion, and a Coal plant in Illinois(Obamas Home State) gets $2 billion and the home buyer program gets cut?

    Last I heard we have a mortgage crisis in America and not a pet project bill to fill politiicians wallets.
    This is not "Change", this is just straight up wrong.

    February 13, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |

    I dont see how it makes sence to give 10 million $$ to a mouse in Califoria while a lady was crying to the president about having to live in a car. I would rather give it to the lady living in a car.

    February 13, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Morgan

    It's a good point that 1100 pages is tough to read since 11:00pm last night. However, this bill and drafts have been around for three weeks. It's not like people are THAT clueless about what is in the bill. Obviously they can argue about what is negative in the bill so they read something!

    February 13, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. He is "The One"

    The NEW motto for the Republican party from here on is -–

    "We Lost Our Seat "

    February 13, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    hey, I wish it was bolder, but its better than nothing. The problem is not that the republicans have issues with the bill.......no one is going to be 100% on board with everything in it, its that they use small bits for examples and serve up alternatives that are worse.

    February 13, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. 2012

    The new motto for the Republicam party from here on is--

    " We Lost Our Seat "

    February 13, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Los

    Sorry, but after the last eight years (actually the last 30), Republicans have shown themselves to be completely inept with money and budgets. Yet despite this, they are still unable to propose any ideas other than tax cuts ,tax cuts, tax cuts. Why do they think they'll get different results if they keep doing the same thing?

    I do not take the opinion of Republicans seriously.

    February 13, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Mac in Denver

    Frank in Vegas – –
    Spineless????? I think you have it pretty much completely backwards. And thank you for clarifying your acronym. We never would have gotten it otherwise.
    2010? Nothing is going to happen by 2010. This thing will take until the next Ice Age to do anything but run up a huge interest tab. Hang on to your change.

    February 13, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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