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. social-democrat

    The government is entering the business sector and financial sector, next.... universal health care... where do we go from here???

    February 13, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. OBAMA 4 President


    If no Repuglican voted for it, they can't take credit for it, but they get all the blame. Repuglicans are dying a slow death, farewell repuglican party, it wasn't nice knowing you!

    February 13, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. No Incumbents 2010

    Please re-elect those 11 Democrat Congressman.

    February 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. malclave

    A truly bipartisan effort. 11 Democrats joined the GOP in voting against the bill. Unfortunately, the same old Politics as Usual, crony-rewarding Democratic philosophy prevailed in the end.

    February 13, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. peakarack


    February 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. stephen davis

    Boehner's whining is pathetic and the very definition of hypocracy. He sat silent as Bush & the republicans spent nearly five trillion dollars they didnt have, and now he suddenly finds financial religion?? Now he's suddenly concerned?? He and his party's fiscal logic requires only two things – no sense and no memory. If he had even an ounce of ethics he'd resign in disgrace.

    February 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. malclave

    And to the people saying that Republicans are not "Country First"... it's not Republicans who are claiming to be "Born Again Americans".

    I've always been an American... the people who need to be "born again" are the Democrats who only care about power and nothing about people.

    February 13, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. David

    The House and Senate versions of the bill have been on the Library of Congress web site for days. See:

    thomas.loc.gov and search for H.R.1 by bill number.

    As I understand it, the final bill is a blending of the House and Senate versions (of which 80-90% is exactly the same). To suggest that nobody knows what's in it is a gross exaggeration. People have had only a short time to see the latest version but to say it's 1100 pages of brand new material that's never been seen is just plain wrong.

    February 13, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Had It

    Seems to me that after 8 years of rubber-stamping everything W wanted, these guys just want to obstruct.

    Oh well, what's new.

    My Mother always said "If you pack a lunch, you should vote Democrat". "If you go to a fancy restaurant every day for lunch, you should vote Republican."

    Keep the poor poor - that keeps them groveling and under control.

    February 13, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. naqib

    Well... the San Fransico marsh mouse just got 30 Million Dollars... at least he's happy.


    February 13, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Mike in Vancouver

    Darko, give your head a shake! What happened during last September when Bush shoved the bank bailout through, McCain "suspended" his campaign, and there was no follow through on where the money went? What a hypocrit!

    You have no idea where this is all going to go, but old Republican ways HAVE NOT WORKED!

    February 13, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Ren in FL

    @Matthew in Detroit,

    Obama hasn't signed the bill yet. In fact it hasn't even been approved by the Senate yet.

    You really should get over your hate for Obama – it's getting in the way of your ability to see clearly.

    February 13, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Pel

    Let the Republicans go their way. Their song is the same as it was for the past eight years. Tax Cuts! Tax Cuts! Tax Cuts! Oh how we must take care of the rich. ===Not this time. We on the lower end of the totem pole will get something from this stim bill.

    February 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. PC

    THANK YOU, Republicans in the House! just as you did last time, you did the RIGHT thing AGAIN! And kudos to the 7 Democrats, too!

    Thank god there are still a few legislators with a conscience.

    February 13, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. tiffany in ohio

    I hope Boehner is voted out in 2010 Ohio has been in trouble for years now because of Boehner he don't do $&^# for Ohio an hes not doing $&^# now

    February 13, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Rick


    Tjaye…you have got to stop listening to your lying democrats.

    “No, I don’t think anyone will have the chance to [read the entire bill],” Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) told CNSNews.com.

    And for good measure:

    U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat. “Regardless of party, we all cast our votes with one hand and crossed our fingers with the other.”

    Heckuva way to lead isn't it, komrades?

    February 13, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Caligirl

    Look at that, we don't even need them. 😉

    February 13, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Caligirl

    Surely you saw Rep John Boehner 's R-(OH) stimulus bill book-throwing tantrum on CNN not long ago today. He was saying no one could have read what is in it fast enough to vote on it in the House.

    CNN showed that tantum.

    But Kyra had also interviewed newbie Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) who said most of that bill has been available to read. All congresspersons had to do is keep up to date with the changes, that were not all that much.

    Unfortunately, Kyra only showed the Boehner tantrum and not Polis' comments at the end of her show.

    So you got only one side of it.

    "If your Boehner lasts more than 4 hours... consult your Lobbiest."

    -The Stephanie Miller show.

    February 13, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Caligirl

    Kelly February 13th, 2009 3:26 pm ET

    Here is a little advice for the republicans: Either lead, follow or get out of the way.


    February 13, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. person

    Well what is else is new the Rethugs said they want Obama to fail, rethugs said they want to listen to Rush, Rethugs said want to act like the Taliban, so they are actin like it.

    What a bunch of inbreds we have on the right. Nasty!

    February 13, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Bill

    Yes the stimulus bill is transparent. For the Republicans to complain that they did not have time to read the bill, that is untrue. It is by far the same one that came out originally. All they had to review were the changes. Once again, they are twisting the truth.

    February 13, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. person

    Matthew, Detriot: Stop lying ! You are not a reporter.

    February 13, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. Terry, TX

    Wake up taxpayers...... no one had time to read the 1,100 pages ....it wasn't released until mid-night....these idiots voted on something they didn't read. Again no ones opinion is worth squat if you haven't read it.
    Heroes as politicians... get freakin' serious. That's why Independents determine presidencies now.

    February 13, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. Caligirl

    Rick February 13th, 2009 3:50 pm ET

    Kudos to the republicans……they are on the winning side of this ridiculous bill. So now this boondoggle is all on the democrats.

    We'll see about that Rick.

    February 13, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Freethinker

    Wow, some of the comments here are absolutely ridiculous. Let me set you straight on a few things.
    1. George W. Bush was not a conservative. Conservatives believe in small government, Bush obviously did not.
    2. Now "The One" is going to carry on this idea of growing government. When you skim the bill (As anyone who voted for it did [http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/02/13/cafferty-is-the-stimulus-bill-transparent/]) then you will see that the only jobs that this bill will create are all government based and none are in the private sector.
    3. The Dems. are creating a society who will be reliant on their government. This is not the way a republic is supposed to work (Note: America is a republic not a democracy). The government should be a servant of the people not a master.
    4. This bill is outrageous. I challenge anyone here to actually read through where some of your money is going. I don't see how anyone with any intelligence at all can support this.
    5. This should not be an "Us VS. Them" thing. This is the future of our country and the debt that your children and grandchildren will be paying and it has been pushed through by brute force without any true conversation over it.
    So please I ask all of you to actually look into these things and not just say "Obama supports it so it must be good" or "Rush denounces it so it must be bad." Think for yourself!

    February 13, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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