February 13th, 2009
03:45 PM ET
5 years ago

House passes stimulus, Senate vote expected this evening

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – In a 246 to 183 vote largely along party lines, the House of Representatives on Friday passed a $787.2 billion economic recovery package that was drawn up, amended and negotiated in record time.

No Republicans voted for the bill, while seven Democrats voted against it. When the House voted on its own version of a stimulus bill a few weeks ago, no Republicans voted for that measure and 11 Democrats had also voted against it.

The Senate is expected to vote on the measure Friday evening. It, too, is expected to pass the bill, but with no more than three Republicans supporting it.

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  1. Tesap:Savannah, GA

    DUH.........

    lets see what happens next... Senate what will happen........

    February 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. jaye

    I commend the democratic party for their hard work on this bill....and thumb my nose at those that opposed the bill.

    February 13, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. T KS

    I'm so tired of this. The Republicans seem incapable of doing what's best for the American people. I believe they should just stay home the next time thier is a vote. None of them even read the bill. They are hopeless.

    February 13, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Mike NC

    The Republican Stimulus Plan- Give tax cuts to the very wealthy and corporate america and it will trickle down to everybody else. The same old party agenda without any new thoughts.

    February 13, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Jon in CA

    I love the HURRY UP AND VOTE approach by the Democrats.

    Noooo – don't let anyone have time to actually READ it before they're having to vote on it!!

    THIS is change we can believe in??

    February 13, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Chuck

    Now time to see if the GOP bullied the three republicans into changing their minds. I'm sure there are new commercials being made against them as we speak. Sooooo Bipartisan.

    February 13, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Cyrus

    About bloody time!

    Just make sure that you guys ask for receipts, unlike the last administration. Oh by the way, since you didn't get the number that you wanted, perhaps it would be prudent to find the money somewhere else. Here is an idea....launch an investigation into how much money were stolen from the iraq war fund, and how much of the last bailout got wasted....and then ask these companies to refund you immediately. That should bring you up to $830 or so.

    February 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Alicia

    With a public website that can be accessed 'showing' where the money is going.

    Why don't the Republicans wear the American Flag on their lapels anymore? Is this a protest against our new President?

    February 13, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Michael

    With Kennedy not able to vote, just one of the 3 Republicans needs to change their mind to defeat this stinker in the Senate. At least one of the Republicans Senators is on record saying they will not vote for it if their vote represents the 60th vote. My fingers are crossed that no more than 2 Republicans will vote for it. It is the worst bill in American history.

    February 13, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Get ready for your weekend to be ruined. I guarantee you 1 of the 3 "moderate" Republicans is going to pull a "ha ha, fooled you!" now that they have Gregg's vote and Kennedy won't be there.

    February 13, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Griff

    Why lower your Undercarriage, when your Flaps don't work??

    February 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Ekbaaaal from San Diego

    Message to OBAMA:::

    It IS EXTREMELY important how wisely this taxpayer money is spent by the administration and you MUST stick to your words & commitment because there are SO MANY of these motherfukkers ready to fix tennis and golf courts, clean up public parks etc using this money!!!

    That is NOT our view of Spending – it should be for Long term....

    February 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. W. Allen

    Excellent, it is about time...; now the country can begin moving forward in the right direction.

    February 13, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. chuck - Tulsa

    The repugs are so happy. They have a winning strategy, just fight the President on everything and then; when the economy collapses they can regain power.

    Who cares if they started the collapse, they believe the American people have a short memory and they are probably correct.

    The only problem with this strategy is that a lot of hard working Americans will get hurt in the process, but at least the Repugs can regain some house seats……………..

    February 13, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Frank, Las Vegas

    So the Grand Obstructionist Party (GOP) still does nothing to put country first! Politics as usual for the spineless republicans. Their plan (they hope) is for the country to fail and they're the ones who always try to wrap themselves in the flag. The truth is out though, they care absolutely nothing about our country, just politics. The American people have to continue to speak out at the polls in 2010. Let's show these obstructionists the real power of the American voter and send them home packing, to stay! Let's show them what Country First Really Means!

    February 13, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    This is great. Toe that line GOP fools! 2010 can't come soon enough.

    February 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. JSU-TIGER99

    I see there are alot of people who dont get what they want will not be voting for anything that will help Obama better this country once again if Mccain had won they would be voting on everything that he want, why can't both parties just work together and help bring this country out of the mess that it is in

    February 13, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Daryl from Seattle

    That's it Republicans...keep on stepping on the little guy's head once you've beat them down with your endless wars, wild west wall street, overseas job exports, and allowing oil companies to price gauge. Every last one of them shouldn't be able to sleep at night. They don't love this country, they love rich people and the GOP. That's it! We need a life raft out here and all they can think about is drawing a line in the sand to differentiate themselves from the Dems. This isn't some game, people are hurting.

    February 13, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Check it out...all the hardline states in the south, like MIssissippi and Alabama, scored similarly to countries like Lebanon and Iran for religiosity in a recent Gallup poll. What does that tell you?

    February 13, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Truth Bomb Thrower

    Everyone who votes for this POLITICAL PAYBACK PORK BILL deserves to be thrown out of office. So what happened to all of this CHANGE we were supposed to see?

    February 13, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. j

    The "No We Can't" Party is showing that they can't change. They'll stick with what doesn't work to their last breath. I so hope more Republicans get voted out of office in 2010.

    February 13, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. nora california

    Time to weed out those 7 democrats.

    February 13, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Rick

    It's actually rather fun to watch the democrats build their own casket.

    February 13, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Charlie in Maine

    I could not be more proud of my Senators. Anyone can jump on the band-wagon when the drums of war are beating but it takes a true patriot to put their country first and their party second. They have earned my vote in their next election. After the impeachment I vowed I would never vote for a Republican for federal office again. I hereby recind my pledge

    February 13, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. James

    We need to get two of these Republicans to vote agaimst this bill, then they will have to fix it.

    February 13, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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