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. Steve in Louisville

    The Democrats need to really start dishing out the crap to the GOP. No mercy! These Republicans are just like a bunch of Nazis, voting together in 100 percent lockstep - just as they did for their war criminal hero, the ex-president.

    February 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Deborah

    This is against the will of the people!

    A Price for ignoring us will be paid!

    February 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. a REAL American

    Yes, Steve Obama gets the win.... while hard-working, taxpaying Americans get the shaft!

    February 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Karen

    The whining of the Repubs have reached a fevered pitch. I can't take these unpatriotic j#rks seriously. Dont' like the packet? Stop pouting and refuse the money. Come up with your own solutions and stop stamping your feet. Your voices were needed and you abandoned the American people.

    February 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Michael

    Good for the Republicans all voting no on this disaster of a bill!!!!

    Obama ripped the Republicans a new one in the campaign for running up record deficits.

    Then he champions a bill that make the past deficits look like small change.

    When will the people who voted for Obama wake up and see he is a fraud?

    February 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Sheri

    The president has tried to reach out to the repugs, they are trouble makers. The president is still trying and won't give up on them. I'd say "FORGET THEM MR. PRESIDENT OBAMA'

    February 13, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Beah

    It will work if they use it wisely. I hope the Repubicans can go to sleep at night knowing that they don't want to help the American people who are suffering from the lost of their jobs.

    February 13, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Big D

    OK – fine then. Let all of the stimulus money go to the districts of those who voted for it, and not a cent to any of the GOP districts where their rep voted against it. You don't want the money to help those in your district? Fine. You don't think this could help stimulate the depressed economy in your district? Fine. Go back and answer to your district when they see that it's helping others, but you turned it down just because a Democratic President supported it. Let's see how strongly you'd be in opposition if you'd get cut out of the stimulus.

    February 13, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. New Yorker

    We can only hope that the 3 R'sINO will change their minds and not vote for Porky. Thank you House Republicans and few Dems who voted against it.

    February 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. John T from SC 2


    Please I'm going to fall of my chair.


    can you you say 50 dollar hammer???

    can you say multi million dollar study to test the viscosity of catchup.

    America has no memory at all.

    You are new at this right?

    Are you high?

    Please say more I cant stop laughing.

    You have made my day.


    February 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. June

    Previous 8 years of living HELL IS OVER. 8 years of economic hell and 2 STINKIN WARS = THE REPUBS

    February 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. CJ

    Jusat goes to show just how the GOP still does not get it. We need to do something, maybe it is not perfect but doing nothing is worse.
    Two wrongs do not make a right.

    They are not connecting with what is going on on Main street..... and doubt they ever can . I know people who will never vote for a Repub again. They are a party of NO, not yes we can! They dug us into this mess for 8 yrs , now they do not care what is happening to us as long as they still have their big cars, houses and paid for health care.
    Wish they could spend a week in my shoes !

    February 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. John, Brooklyn, New York

    My suggestion is that the House and the Senate revert back to the original package before Democrats made so many deep consessions to Republicans in the negotiations. Clearly the Republicans negotiated in bad faith and, despite consessions by the Democrats, the Republicans are still not willing to deliver even a single vote.

    If Republicans insist on taking their marbles and going home, the Democrats have both the opportunity and the obligation to say "Fine, then we'll play the game OUR way."

    February 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. frank , pennsylvania

    Wise decision, please don't rely on the republicans in your endeavour to revamp the economy, they merely looking for a political point and will not be helpful.

    February 13, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Chad, Wisco

    Steve, your comment is everything that is wrong with politics right now. You shouldnt be celebrating that Obama won, we should be celebrating if the American people win. Personally I still believe there is too much pork in this, but ultimately we could argue for years to get the right amount Until we see true partisianship DC will continue to be a mess and we will see the balance of power just keep shift with nothing truly ever getting accomplished.

    February 13, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. yuri

    Heartfelt felicitations to the GOP. The first ever Nobel Prize in obstructionism is decidedly yours. Enjoy your ideology and philosophical differences with the reality.

    February 13, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. rh

    How many of these self righteous Republicans voted for the Patriot Act without ever, even to this day, reading it? These Kool-Aid drinkers need to consider America first and not their fear of Rush.

    February 13, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. djee

    im glad not one of the republicans voted for this stimulus so when the you know what hits the fan we will all know how to blame GO REPUBLIANS

    February 13, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Rob

    Steve, who exactly is this a win for, I mean, besides socialism? Women in foreign countries who can now get abortions thanks to US taxpayers? ACORN? Nancy Pelosi and her communist dream?

    You know what's gonna happen? This thing is gonna fail, and Obama's gonna come on the tv and tell everyone he knew it wouldn't work, and that there's more that needs to be done. Then he'll go back to the scare tactics. And, as with now, you and the other kool aid drinkers will be posting here about how smart and wonderful Obama is, how he truly is the Savior.

    To borrow and adapt from your mantra of the last 8 years – Not my president, not my savior.

    February 13, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Stubby in OH

    Does anyone reading this sign a document before reading it? That is sort of the same thing as voting for a bill you haven't read. Not a good idea.

    If you are for the bill just because it is done by Democrats and Obama, and you don't know what is in it, I don't know what to say to you. That is just the way you are and God help you.

    But if you are just a regular person trying to make a living and do the right thing, please know that no one should be voting for a bill unless they know what is in it. Otherwise, how can they be doing the right thing for their consituents?

    February 13, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Sheryl

    Thank Goodness, now some Americans can get put back to work rebuilding America and saving their lively hoods. Not everyone will get put back to work but it is a Start to getting us on the road to recovery.

    John McCain needs to shut his PIE HOLE. NEGATIVE NEGATIVE NEGATIVE....He has alot of nerve trying to lead the Replubicans done a bad rocky road, and I'm not talking ice cream either. Why can they not just TRY to get along for our Country's sake. Makes no sense, there is a lot of things that need changing to make things better for all Americans instead of the Few Rich out the Wazoo ones.

    February 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. chris

    Do the republicans not understand the financial difficulty the world is in? They threw $350 billion to the banks with no strings, no job creation, no anything. Then they vote against a bill that is intended to created jobs with strings. Perhaps if I was a rich banker or a "FOX expert", I would understand their logic. In the mean time, I am struggling to keep projects moving forward, because clients can not get money from the banks that the Republicans handed them, so I can continue to pay my mortgage. I do know that whatever extra change I have is going to be given to any campaign running against any of these hypocritical, finger pointing, and short-sided cowards in the next year. Their lack of oversight and understanding is why half of my friends and family do not have full time jobs. Tax breaks have not worked, so try something new!!

    February 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. naqib

    Hats off to the seven who used good sense over party lines.

    February 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. John T from SC 2

    Oh they will get out of the way.. They don't want to get caught up in the political shrapnel.

    This is all theirs.

    His own (Obamas) economists say this is bad.

    I'm not making that up.

    You don't have to believe me.

    Lets meet next year on this board and you can tell me I was wrong OK??

    If this economy tanks he can't blame Bush for it.

    Oh they are getting out of the way.

    BTW I was against the Republican stimulus plans too. Tarp was a moronic thing too (Pres voted for that btw)

    February 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. CLYDE

    SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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