February 13th, 2009
02:38 PM ET
6 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. kayla

    TO ALL YOU DEMOCRATS WHO SIDED WITH THE REPUGS SHAME ON YOU. MR. PRESIDENT MAKE SURE THEIR CITY DON'T GET ANY MONEY.

    February 13, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Steve

    The president was on the money when he said the culture of Washington needs to change. The politicians, especially the "Can't do" REPUBLICANS need a reality "CHECK" from the voter.

    One that says "DON'T COME TO ME LOOKING FOR MY VOTE IF YOU'RE ALL ABOUT DOING NOTHING"

    What a USELESS POLITICAL PARTY. Just like their EX-LEADER WAS.

    February 13, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Questionable Future

    Let us hope that Obama keeps his campaign promises. Like his promise that a bill will not be signed (by him) for 5 days after emerging from Congress. But I doubt the public will get 10 minutes to see the final bill and all its bells and whistles (here piggy piggy) before he signs it.

    And Hmm... A majority of Americans do not want this 'non-stimulus' bill anyway. It contains pork that will not improve the economy. It also has provision giving and/or leading to increase government control of a variety of business sectors and even some personal choices.

    February 13, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Kurt in PA

    Members of the GOP, and anti-stimulus Democrats (to be fair and balanced), are the most vile, disgusting, and embarrasing form of human being in existence. But progressivism still wins the day, go figure!

    February 13, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Fran

    It is to bad that the republicans could not be big enough to put this country ahead of what they claim to stand for. Since the tax cuts they put into effect the past eight years never trickled do to the rest of us, why not try something new. Even if it does not work, they could at least pretend to care about the american people and forget about what their party stands for and try something different for the american people. Their parties tax cuts did not work, what makes them think that the will this time. The are big whining babies who are upset that they cannot have things the way that they want it.

    February 13, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. jaye

    The republicans are trying to turn our country into a third world nation.....no jobs, no insurance, no homes, no nothing.
    They are shameful!

    February 13, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Bridgette

    List the seven Democrats. List them their names. I think if you don't agree with something then you should have a counter idea to come along with it. Not just disagree with something to be disagreeable, but, actually work with your co-workers and have something to counter with.

    February 13, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Ramon Chicago

    know one from the Rush Limbaugh Party didn't vote for stimulus bill? Oh well!

    February 13, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. T Whiteman

    The Republican Party must reinvent ourselves if we are going to survive this century. By foolishly hanging on to the past we are in danger of becoming the Whig party. We need to work with and for the majority in this country and not relegate ourselves to being just the loyal opposition. I feel it is important now to purge ourselves of racists,(the Dems conceded that portion of the vote last time and still spanked us) Palin groupies and followers of drug addled talk show hosts and look to the future.

    February 13, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. debnericr

    Once again – bipartisan OPPOSITION to the plan.

    February 13, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. maria in east l.a.

    Dear Republicans: You are obsolete. Please put on a dunce cap and go sit in the corner while we take care of business.

    February 13, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Rachel

    The Republicans are JERKS. Congratulations to Obama. Keep going.

    There are a lot of lies being spread around about what is in the stimulus. So do not believe everything you read! One HUGE LIE is that a health czar will talk to your doctor about your treatment. If you believe that you are crazy. The pharmaceutical companies are already at work trying to PREVENT health care reform. I just urge everyone regardless of your beliefs to try to be open minded and not believe everything you here. There is so much false information out there it is ridiculous

    February 13, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Fran

    It is to bad that the republicans could not be big enough to put this country ahead of what they claim to stand for. Since the tax cuts they put into effect the past eight years never trickled do to the rest of us, why not try something new. Even if it does not work, they could at least pretend to care about the american people and forget about what their party stands for and try something different for the american people. Their parties tax cuts did not work, what makes them think that they will this time. They are big whining babies who are upset that they cannot have things the way that they want it.

    February 13, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. WHINE WHNE WHINE!!!

    WHOOPEE!!! I GET A MEASLY $15 A PAYCHECK. SOME STIMULUS. THIS STINKS!!!!!!!! I WANT MY $5 BILLION BAILOUT!!!!! I PROMISE I WILL SPEND MOST OF IT RATHER THAN STUFFING IT IN MY MATTRESS. IF YOU WANT PEOPLE TO SPEND MONEY YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM ENOUGH TO SPEND AND SAVE. GIVE ME $10,000 AND I'LL SPEND MOST OF IT AND KEEP A LITTLE FOR SAVINGS. BUT GIVE ME $600 (LAST STIMULUS) AND OF COURSE ALL I'M GOING TO DO IS PUT IT IN THE BANK. IT WAS TOO SMALL OF AN AMOUNT TO BOTHER WITH SPENDING. IT DIDN'T EVEN COVER MY MORTGAGE PAYMENT FOR ONE MONTH.

    February 13, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Franky

    You know, I know what the GOP hope for, I know what they hope for...and let's face it, let's say this bill fails if Judd is still in the position, you think he'll like his chances for re-election? I don't think so BUT do you know what they are doing to Democrats? Is the biggest secret in the world, we all know what they are doing and boy, this is better theater than our American Cousin...

    We know what they hope for, we know. Let's just say I said what I already said before...*wink**wink*

    February 13, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Marge

    GO GOP we want to get rid of you any way...this shows us exactly what you think of America and the American people. The first stimulus bill you all voted for, that's cause it went to big business with no oversight. SEE WE ARE INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO.....we just hope you keep this crap up and we KNOW none of you will get re-elected....wonderful wonderful.

    February 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Walter, Florence Italy

    So much for trying to reason with the knuckle-dragging cavemen of the Far Right.

    Bi-partisanship requires at least two parties – not one party and one dangerous religious cult.

    February 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Seattle Sue

    Chase the Republicans to the basement like they did to the Democrats. Stop trying to appease the Republicans.

    February 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. geraldine

    Unfortunately for Republicans, regardless of what happens next this package will be lauded as The Best Thing Ever. If the economy improves, for whatever reason, it will be attributed to the package. If it doesn't, it will be attributed to Bush and current Republicans. I don't see any intellectual honesty on the horizon.

    It's a tough reality they face, when any dissent to the majority is met with calls for a fairness doctrine.

    February 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Death of America by Obama

    Thank you Republicians and seven Democrats.
    You did the right thing by voting NO.

    February 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. suz

    Even though I as an independent had hoped aginst hope for some small sign of bipartisanhip to occur in the house vote, there was none to be had. Thinking on this matter and over the course of the last several days I dn't belive that the GOP ever intended to reach across the aisle and help our new President pull this country out of a mess that the republican administration caused over the past 8 years.

    In effect their holier than though attiutde indicates that in reality the goal is the hope this plan will fail and they can start the finger pointing once again.

    I am not certain as to what the exact solution as there are so many conflicting opinions and this is an uprecedented situation that our country has never faced before. However I find it utterly disgraceful that there could be no form of consensus on the part of the republican caucus.

    Even if this does not work I will not fault President Obama or the Democrats as at the very least they have TRIED to remedy the situation. Tax cuts as proposed by the republicans are not enough to get us out of this mess.

    I am hopeful this works and that the good will of President Obama continues towards the GOP, however I am ashamed and disgusted by the behavior and attitude of the Republicans.

    For the first time in my voting career of 27 years I will be changing my affiliation from Independent to Democrat.

    An attempt to unify this country was made by the President and the Republicans pushed it away. Remember this when you have an agenda that you want backed it may come back to haunt you GOP.

    Suz, western NY

    February 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. tornado1972

    How can the Republicans see Americans across the country hurting and do nothing. Shame on You!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Mike NC

    Did anybody really believe the Repugs were going to vote on anything for the people with nothing for the rich and corporate america.

    February 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Mike H.

    The House members received this 1,000 plus pages of legislation late last night. Does anyone really think they know what they voted on?

    Why didn't they take the necessary time to actually read the legislation? This is no way to throw around hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars. I guarantee that we will soon hear of billion dollar expenditures that harldy anyone knew were in the bill.

    February 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Josh

    I wonder how many of those 246 actually read the bill...

    February 13, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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