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. gt

    write everyones names down ,,,, then see who was right or who sold out ,,, get rid of the ones that were wrong

    February 13, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    @ Scott, Tucson

    Do you even know what pork is? Oh, that's riiiight, it's whatever you're told to call pork by Rush, Hannity and Co. Or is it just that anything that's not a tax cut is pork if there's a democrat as POTUS? Hmmm? You guys are so transparent it's ridiculous. GOP, the party of windows.

    February 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. DP

    Three issues.
    A. The economy will improve without a stimulus bill!
    B. The provisions in this bill have more to do with government controlled health care, labor, and state funding than the economy.
    C. Who is going to pay for it?

    I am tired of Congress spending my money, my kid's money, and my future grandkid's money. I work hard for my paycheck and do not want it given to someone else so they can get a free paycheck and health care.

    February 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. The Grim Reaper

    The Democrats are now the party of Lincoln.

    The Republicans are the party of Limbaugh.


    February 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Once you vote Black

    It appears that Heath Shuler's vote does not count!

    February 13, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Mika


    February 13, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    And I love how all of these Republicans who are against this package were practically tripping over each other to be the first in line to vote in favor of Bush's $750 Billion parting gift to Wall Street! And then did all this "chest thumping" and grandstanding about how they did the right thing for all of us! What a joke!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Matt

    Yay... can't wait for the 'stimulus'... $400 per person given to use $15 at a time through our paychecks. That $15 is really going to help! NOT! With gas prices going back up My extra $30 a month will disappear quickly.

    The stimulus should've been divided between all who filed taxes. We'd each get almost $10,000. With THAT much money I could stimulate the economy by buying a new washer and dryer that use less energy and maybe even a new TV to replace my 20 year old one! Oh and I could also afford to buy groceries for a while too!

    February 13, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. nora california

    Not a suprise. The republicans are as doumb as rocks and foolishly beleive this will help THEM. God forbid they should think of the american people.

    February 13, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Island girl

    The past administration was a fiasco – the current one is trying a different approach. We have been told time and time that there is no quick fix. Why not give it a try, Repubs? Are you out to sabbotage your country out of spite?

    February 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Once you vote Black

    Lets see if it works. If it does not at least O tried. The GOP will look like they did not help so they will be blamed. If it works the GOP will look like they stood in the way of progress. I think there will be a 3rd party by 2012. Perhaps PUMA will come up from the ashes and start a 3rd party. This is Operation Chaos at its best. Thanks Rush!

    February 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    The battle is on. The Republicans have taken their stand. They will be in every bush, behind every rock and tree, hoping to ambush and bush -whack those who are unaware of their game. This is right out of their play book which they used on the 110 Congress, causing some to regard it as the "do nothing congress" They are hoping that this last stand will ingratiate them in the eyes of those who continue to swallow their spin. We crave bipartisanship,but SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO FIGHT IF YOU ARE A MAN.

    February 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. jaye

    The rebublicans have no intention of working with President Obama – they have no intention of helping repair the damage they've done the past 8 years. May they rot in hades!

    February 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. chuck

    Im amazed at all of you who really believe that spending money we dont have is going to save this economy. I think the real story is that some of you are willing to follow Obama even when your gut tells you that this stinks. Are there really people out there that think this bill is a good idea? I dont care if you are a democrat or republican, this is just bad legislation. Most Americans know this is a bad move, thats why only 37% of Americans support it. Enjoy your extra 13 dollars a week, you are going to need it to keep up with the rapid inflation coming our way.

    February 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. jmv


    February 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Peter

    Usa should be a good example of the world, therefore, republican should support economic stimulus plan.
    Long Life to you Mr. President. The world love you more than you imagine. God bless u!!!

    February 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Last laugh

    When this package does not work, what then? Who do you think the Democrats can blame? More so what are "YOU" who wanted going to say?

    If this is such a good deal before the ink is dry and everybody has a chance to read, I have a deal for; "Ocean front property in Arizona" Any offers?

    February 13, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Leo D, PA

    I guess the entire Republican House of Representatives, along with a few Democrat Members of the House are trying to get a message to
    taxpayers. Is this true bi-partisanship? The Senators will now have to
    vote again on the new Stimulus Bill, that the Senate originally tried to legislate for "twice the number of jobs at half the cost'; which sounded like "the right stuff" for taxpayers. You have to commend President Obama for his effort to bring both sides of the aisle together, however,
    the new jive goes something like this, "money talks and people walk".

    February 13, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Brian

    NO GOP SUPPORT – along with 11 Democrat dissenters, the best possible outcome!

    GOP = united in principles and ideas.

    DNC = hemoraging from within with dissent!

    Today is the first day of a new beginning for the Republican Party that will be stronger and better then ever.

    Today is also the begining of the end of the Democrat majority rule.

    And of Friday the 13th to boot!

    February 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Bryan in Vegas

    The Friday the 13th Curse strikes again!!!! A disastrous bill, filled with 20 to 30 years of liberal policies that were stymied for the past 8 years. But they call it a "stimulus" bill!

    February 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Capital Insider

    Does anyone know where to find a copy of the bill? I tried the House Website and the bill doesn't show up when you click the link. Hmm....that is odd. If anyone knows where I can get the complete bill, let me know.

    It is nowhere to be found.

    February 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. John T from SC 2

    Politicians are Snake Oil salesmen

    If you believe ANY politician you are an idiot, high, new to politics, senile and forgot all the times you have been screwed by them or all of the above.

    doesn't matter if he has a (R) ( D)or (I) after his name

    February 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Matthew, Detroit

    Did anyone in congress read it before signing. The answer is no.

    They received it at 11 pm. Actually it is 1100 pages. Impossible to read.

    Barack said NO BILL would be signed until it was looked at for 5 days.

    He lied. Period.

    February 13, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. AVEE capitalcityVA

    If the Republicans are so opposed to the bill, why not come up with some ideas of their own other than Tax Cuts for the wealthy and Big Business. They signed on the Paulson's TARP bill without one minute of hesitation. Now they have reservations. PLEASE.

    February 13, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. TJ in Nawlins

    And what's crazy is that one of the Repubs voting against it is Joseph Cao, who was voted into office in a majority black, majority Democratic district. So much for representing your district. I hope you have your resume ready in two years.

    February 13, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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