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. Judy inthe heartland

    I hope that when this plan succeeds and things start turning around (and I believe that it will) that all those naysayers will lose their jobs come election day 2010.

    February 13, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. PATC

    Steve, you can't make chicken salad out of you know what. If he is smart he will veto this disaster.

    February 13, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Shari, NY

    The country will march forward without them.

    February 13, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Carl

    Let's see...

    To solve the problems of wasted government spending and tax cuts which led to deficits...

    we now cut taxes and added government spending...

    You know it's funny, anyone else remember First Lady Obama's quote from last summer about how the $600 stimulus per person was a joke. Well now I will get $8 per week back... who's joking now?

    February 13, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Chuck, Tennessee

    A bill with close to 1,000 pages and they voted on it without even giving members enough time to read it and really know what is in it. Unbelievable! First, Bush rammed the bank bailout through and now Obama rams this second waste of money through. I don't see any change in DC

    February 13, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. z

    It's not the best....but at least it is a start in the right direction. To those Repugs....that are getting the Klan back together.....may you burn in hell. People are hurting, small business are hurting and this is what you do. Maybe you want less oversight of the bankers so that they can take care of you when you are voted out of office.

    You want tax cuts for people that lost their jobs...that will not work. Tax cuts for the big corps will only allow the greedy bastards at the top to take the profit and not create jobs.

    You want more trade with other countries...that will only deepen our trade imbalance. Plus, what do we make anymore in this country? Tainted Peanut Products....nice...huh...

    GOP – RIP in 2010

    February 13, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. REG in AZ

    How much evidence does anyone need before they see that our infrastructure is falling apart? How much evidence is necessary before it is understood that our schools are not meeting the challenge and that our medical industry isn’t cost effective? How much does anyone have to suffer before understanding that the real spending power of most people is being eroded while a few keep gaining? How much corruption has to be witnessed before it is understood that government hasn’t been responsible and instead has been condoning, even encouraging and participating to patronize and placate Special Interests and a select few? How long do things have to go on before it is realized that many in the Republican Party use subterfuge and deception to manipulate public opinion and simply use the emotion behind ‘conservative versus liberal’ to self-servingly sway people’s thinking? How much has to be seen before it is recognized that there is a large segment of the Republican Party that has become puppets for the powerful and influential few, who return overt and covert support, contributions and after-office (kickback) compensation? How deep in the pits do we have to get before it is seen that accusing the Democrats of having a ‘tax and spend’ mentality is just subterfuge when knowing that significant spending is drastically needed just to rebalance? While the Democrats are far from perfect, how bad do things have to get before it is accepted that many in the Republican Party arrogantly and irresponsibly, without conscience, serve the interests of a select few while they only provide apathy, the costs and subterfuge to the many? How far towards the ultimate catastrophe do we have to go before the majority says ‘enough’ and demands change, refusing to be manipulated further? Wasn’t eight years enough; do we now have to endure obstructionists too?

    February 13, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Phil Wimbish

    Its a sad day for the Republicans in the Congress but it's a great day for all Americans.

    Thank You Obama

    February 13, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Jim Mosier

    Ah yes. It's about party first. Too bad Washington does not realize that they work for us. But I'm sure, if I were left in a room with one of our "important legislators" my mind would surely be hypnotized to their grandness and all knowing wisdom, and the plan they have for me. Yeah Congress!

    February 13, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Cincinnatian

    The United States is being sold to China $787 billion at a time. Thanks a lot, all you self-serving SOB politicians. I think members of Congress should be laid off – they certainly do not earn their paychecks.

    February 13, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Julia Byrd- Hayden Idaho

    Who care, now we know that republicans absolutely do not care a twit for our country. Traitors

    February 13, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Jerry D.

    What a great day for the American People. We have someone on our side. Now let's work to get the bill signed and to the American People for help.

    February 13, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Mike in Houston

    It's now official, the Democratic Party is fully and solely responsible for the bankruptcy of the United States of America.

    February 13, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Darko

    At least there are still 7 democrats that get it.

    Amazing how someone can vote 'yes' for a TRILLION DOLLAR bill where there is no physical way possible that they could have read it by vote time.

    February 13, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. kayla


    February 13, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Simpliticus

    Republicans in Congress are the NATTERING NABOBS OF NEGATIVISM as espoused by Vice President Agnew over thirty years ago. Surely, he didn't realize that he was talking about his own party these many years hence! But while sounding against the stimulus plan on the surface these miscreants of musing maleficent misgivings are shaking in their boots knowing full well that allowed to go to its end, this country is in dire straits of failing due to the badly operated Bush administration which the Republican party allowed to happen. Republicans! You can't have a Great Depression without them!

    February 13, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Obama 2.0

    The GOP has become a regional party, It is unfortunate that they choose to be part of the problem rather contributers to the solutions.

    Repent Republicans, Repent and loose the idealogical battles that lock down a thinking mind.

    February 13, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Larry

    We are on the fast track to failure as a nation.

    February 13, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Necie

    Who Cares......I say forget about them and let's move on. There are TOO many families hungry, too many in the unemployement line and too many children with no place to call home. I have all this and more....but I care about the welfare of those who don't.

    The Audacity of the Republican leaders!!!!

    February 13, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    The Republican are acting like little kids. I want play with you only if you play with my ball. American will need something done now. For eight year America have tried it the Republican way and we can see what happen. Time to try something new Go Obama

    February 13, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Salsaluver

    did you actually read what's in it for us?

    February 13, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    The 11 Democrats that opposed the earlier stimuls bill and the SEVEN Democrats that did not join the House Democrats this time around are MARKED politicians. Just follow their fate in 2010 or even before.

    February 13, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. New Orleans

    I kinda hoped that my rep. "Joseph" Cao would have an independent mind and vote for the package as he said he would on the local newspaper but I guess he is as much brain washed as the other republicans.

    February 13, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. MalcomsMom

    What does it say when 183 members of the house, are betting not only against the president but more importantly against the American people. How does one in good conscience proclaim to be for the people and then vote against a bill we need to turn around the mess that George W. Bush got us in to. My prayer, the stimulus package produces results beyond any of our expectations. Then the republicans can run in 2010 of the party that voted against hope.

    February 13, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    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.

    February 13, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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