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. paulie_nj

    Great, and extra $13 per pay period. Now I can afford 2 $5 footlongs from Subway!

    February 13, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Ace

    I think that the Republicans will get out of the way on this one.......this Stimulus plan belongs to the Democrats. For better or for worse.......

    February 13, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. rena

    Wow! That's amazing no GOP votes, but all voted with Bush on his 850B after they added they little sweetners to them.

    Racism at its best and an outright showing of push back that they will not support this President. They let a fool like Rush rule them, it's all about money with them. If they can't get rich no one will make it.

    This country will go to HELL and everyday we are seeing it in Washington.

    February 13, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Dom

    Get out of the way Republicians, the Democrats are now in control, and moving our country forward after eight miserable years of Republician control. Good job President Obama.

    February 13, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. marge

    The GOP is doing nothing but grand-standing! Where was their concern over "spending", the past 8 years?????
    I don't know why Obama even reached out to them in the first place, since they are definitely NOT the party in power....

    February 13, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. DMZ68

    Because of Reaganomics, GOP ruled for 12 years.

    Because of Barackonomics, Dem will rule for 20 years.

    GOP is scaring $#!^less, and it will pull all dirty tricks under its sleeves to stop Obama. Bring it on; so far, no dents.

    February 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. GuyInVA

    Comments at 2:44 and 3:26, pro Obama and anti republican, posted almost immediately. My comment, not either of those things, still "awaiting moderation" at 3:46.

    February 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Conservative Independent

    Give the Republicans a chance to input advice into these important matters and then they might have something to vote yes for. I for one love to get free money, but hate the idea of this stimulus package.

    Let the companies that are going to fail, fail. Liberals are all about Darwinian theory (survival of the fittest). Let the fit survive. Stop throwing money at the weak ones.

    February 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. American

    Not surprised by the Rebulicans, who have shown no leadership on the issue of our failing Bush/Cheney/Republican economy. I am surprised at the 11 Democrats who joined them in voting no. I guess unemployment is at Zero percent in their hometowns, there are Zero Foreclosures in their neighborhoods, their constituents don't need a tax break, their schools are in perfect condition and they are all flying the American Flag right side up in their districts or are they are simply drunk on the power of being a congressperson or are simply drunk.

    God help help us – Thanks to the 246 members who have shown the responsibility to bring our country back!

    February 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Jan in CA

    Well it isn't very helpful to our country but we have seen 8 years of what the GOP can produce and I guess they don't care if America fails. Truthfully this is the one time everyone should care more about working together than about which side of the fence you sit on. This is potenitally the collaps of the modern world and no one will care if you were a republican if that happens. It is time to bring out new policies, none of the old ones worked. Bush lowered taxes, and spent like a fool and it doesn't make sense to slam the new President instead of helping him try to solve this mess.

    February 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. elsie

    The Repuplicans in the House are irrelevent. Only their constituents will suffer. I say no money for their districts. They must be full of rich out of touch so called "real Americans". It is the Senate that will cause the biggest head aches. We will obviously need 60 votes for almost everything going forward.

    February 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. John in KY

    Where were these NO VOTES when it came to BILLIONS wasted in IRAQ by these REPUGS! and no regulation on WALL STREET.
    a house cleaning is coming!!

    February 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Len


    You are so right! The Republican idea of stimulating the economy is to have more tax cuts for the wealthy. They beleive in trickle down economics, and as we learned, it does not work. We must be proactive and think about now and the future. We need to educate our youth, this is our future. We must rebulid our infrastructure, improve our technology, help small businesses, help our seniors, and help our states with their budget problems due to lack of federal money and tax cuts. It is unfortunate that the Rush Limbaughs' of our country control the republican party thought process. We need progressive thinkers not the same " no idea " thinkers!

    February 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. laraine

    Send Obama an email at whitehouse.gov. I asked him to please, please stop trying to win over Republicans. They're trying to destroy him and he just looks weak when he tries to involve them. They're rejoicing in shooting him down. What slimes.

    February 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Cal

    Last July Phil Gramm called our economic problems a "Mental" recession and said we had become a nation of whiners. I say the Republican Party has become a party of whiners. I'm right and he's wrong

    February 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Dan J

    So, in the House, there is Partisan support FOR the bill, and bipartisan support AGAINST the bill.

    February 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Jim in DC

    none of the reps even read the bill! When you blindly follow someone your the one that ends up the most hurt. Republicans and DEMS are a joke. They need to pay attention to the constitution. Has anyone ever heard of inflation? Well you will now.

    February 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Rick

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

    February 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Pat

    Seems like if they really came up with a bipartisian approach then more republicans would of voted for it. During the primaries, the democrats would say it s not that Republicans don't have ideas, they are just bad. Well, its not that the democrats haves, they are bad too. This is wrong, it doesn't matter if the idea is Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or whatever, votes should be equal

    February 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Scott, Tucson

    When this Pork bill which is what it is, fails to do what Obama have promised the American people, like find jobs for 3-4 milion people, just remember to vent your anger at the dems because the republicans knew this was a turkey!

    February 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Len

    Dear Questionalbe Future,

    You need to get your facts straight.....Gallup Poll, 58% of the American people are in favor of the Stimulus Bill.

    February 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Leo D, PA

    There has to be something wrong with the attempt for bi-partisanship
    in the House of Representatives. It is obvious, that money being spent
    seems to be the force, that has clouded some of the House members minds, in their efforts to turn the economy around and restore jobs. The taxpayers have been impacted by today's decisions.

    February 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    I view the stimlus as a jump start to an automobile not as the final destination to a long trip. After the jump-start then we can continue on our journey making adjustments along the way during the normal appropriations process. We must use the energy portions of the stimulus to advance progress on our departure from fossil fuels to power our lives thus increasing our ability to maintain money currently exiting our economy for fuel within our economy so it may build wealth here at home. Wind, solar, Geothermal, natural gas and hydrogen may accomplish that task as begun by the stimulus.

    February 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Ryan

    The Republican Party is already insignificant to me. Look at the last election. When this stimulus bill works, they are going to look even worse.

    February 13, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Patty in the CA mountains

    What I see is a problem with the absolute refusal of the republicans to cooperate and/or compromise rather than a problem with Obama's inability to make them be nice.

    February 13, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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