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. Sue, NY

    I say if they can't support the President and the American people now in this crisis....and they don't think this will work , then they should not take any of the money for their states. But....of course they will...what COWARDS.

    February 13, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. alvino

    I have to admit, the republicans are still united behind Rush and the drug companies.

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

    Hey, I guess if President Obama is taking shots from both right AND left, he must be doing something right.

    Amazing how often the correct option lies between two extremes.

    February 13, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. robert wasik

    This is wrong on so many levels. stop now!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. scotter

    I'm very proud of the Rebublicans this time! Thank you Reb. Congress for standing up and saying NO! Obama lied about transparency (no one has to examine this bill for 5 days as he promised – one of many already broken promises). Obama is trying to slip this one through. I only hope that when this bill fails and all the pork attached to it is found out that people will remember who voted for it and then they'll kick 'em out the Dem's in 2010!
    Power corrupts and total power corrupts totally. This is what we're already seeing is happening to the Democratic party. They are no checks and balances and sadly most people (who voted for B.O.) are to uneducated to understand what they have done. By the time they do figure it out, it'll be too late.

    February 13, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. southerncousin

    One more step toward Marxism. What exactly is the new bureauocracy called the Health Records Information Administration going to do and why will my doctor go to jail or be fined if he doesn't give my health records to them? Kinda scary isn't it. These are the same people who wanted to impeach Bush for listening to phone calls.

    And yet all these liberals are sitting around watching Obama on t.v. with their hands in the front of their underwear.

    February 13, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Min.Mychaeltodd Robinson

    I'm really tired of the GOP complaining and not OFFERING what they feel will help. If you can't lead, get behind and push.

    February 13, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Donna

    Thank you to all the members of the House who put the American people ahead of party line agenda. The GOP opposers aren't listening to the people who have no job, need help now. It must be nice for them sitting in their comfy homes, getting their huge paychecks and they should be ashamed of themselves for not understanding how much we need help now – tax cuts for the rich won't help us.

    February 13, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. MY PRESIDENT

    Way to go Obama!!! Who needs those Repubs?? Besides their only trying to work against you because they want to see you fail no matter what. But what the Repubs really can't stand is the fact that the majority of Americans continue to stand behind you Mr. President..... It's so so sad that they would jeopardize America's lively hood just because the "don't like" an MAN who was elected for the people by the people..... GET LOST REPUBS; HE/WE DON'T NEED YOU!!

    February 13, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Rita

    They should have NEVER put those tax cuts in for the Republicans.

    February 13, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. TCM

    well, thank goodness for the internet...so, when all this fails, we'll have traceability, providing the MSM doesn't cover it up, of who voted for and got us into this mess....then the liberal dimwits can be voted out.....

    @Steve – there's no win here; we're all losers, except ACORN and those on entitlement bandwagons! YAH for the Savior! WE couldn't possibly do anything for ourselves.....Obama stands for all things bad for this country. Impeach him now, based on incompetence.

    February 13, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Bill

    I am so excited. I can buy an 09 vehicle and deduct the sales tax. I just need a job that pays 125k. Sooooo who wins?

    February 13, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Mike in Ca

    The Republicans will claim credit if the stimulus package fails or if it succeeds.

    February 13, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. A Really Conservative Realist

    The only thing bipartisan about this bill was the opposition.

    February 13, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. NEL E BELL

    BACK IN 2003 THE DEMOCRATIC STRATAGEY COULD BE SUMMED UP LIKE THIS. PER PERLOSI AND REID, LET THINGS GET AS BAD AS THEY CAN BECAUSE THE WORSE THINGS GET THE BETTER OUR CHANCES ARE FOR 04 AND 08. WELL THEY GOT REALLY CRAPPY AND THE LIBS IN MY PARTY PUT THE AGENDA TOGETHER FRANK, SCHUMER DODD, PELOSI, REID ETC., NOW THEY GET THE SOCIAL CHANGE WITH IT LATENT SOCIALIST OBAMA. THIS IS NOT MY DEMOCRATIC PARTY. BLUE DOGS LIKE MYSELF CAN GO EITHER WAY IN THE NEXT ELECTION, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE LIBERAL NAZI'S, AND THE MEDIA TRASHED HILLARY. BUT TIME MARCHES ON LETS SEE IF OBAMA IS ANY GOOD AT THE JOB HE VOLUNTEERED FOR. DEMOCRATS ARE WATCH AND ALSO WATCHING THE ECONOMY TOO.

    February 13, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Sammy

    Those members must all be graduates of the Evelyn Wood speed reading course. What's that you say? They didn't read it but voted any way? Kinda makes you wonder about things.

    February 13, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Mark

    What a shame that both parties are still playing politics as we're descending into a recession.

    February 13, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Max

    Goes to show that only 11 out of 255 Democrats are capable of showing sense. An irresponsible spending bill for a president that finds it necessary to spend irresponsibly in tough economic times.

    February 13, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Obama is in for a long rough road with his Presidency--Obama will forgive--but grant you--he won't forget.

    February 13, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. FreeNLovIt

    Why are there tax cuts when none of the elephants voted for the stingalus package? I heard it's not even going to help small businesses?

    February 13, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Arkansas Undertaker

    The Party of "No" Strikes again!!!! I cant wait until 2010!!!

    February 13, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Kelly

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

    February 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. change in America

    VOTE THE REPUBLICAN OUT THE OFFICE 2010!!!!!!!!!!!

    VOTE DEMONCRATE 2010!!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Cue GOPers trying to turn this into "bipartisan" opposition and say that Obama and the Dems were being "partisan"....you know, despite all the repeated overtures Obama made and all the input from Republican Senators who did not toe the GOP party line.

    It's all so laughably predictable at this point.

    February 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. JIM...TX

    Geezzzz...who'd have thought the Republicans would stone wall yet. The country would be so much better off if there was NONE in congress!!!

    February 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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