February 13th, 2009
03:45 PM ET
6 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. Cathy

    Bottom line on the stimulus package is that they are still spending money (our taxpayer money) on stuff that is NON ESSENTIAL. They still haven't learned the difference between what is NEEDED and what is WANTED. Right now we NEED a lot of things, like jobs. Give companies tax incentives to keep their business in the USA, give them tax breaks for the next 5 years until we are back up to speed, give WORKING taxpayers a break on their taxes for the next few years so we have the money to pay our house payment and buy groceries. The fact that the twits in Washington, DC would not put a cap on bonuses and salaries of companies getting OUR hard earned tax dollars says this whole things stinks!

    Sniffit – It tells you that the south has a lot of hard core believers, any questions?

    February 13, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. tee

    The repubs keep saying the have a better plan, but will not say what their plan is. Tax cuts is not a better plan. Its the same old plan that hasn't worked. I like they way they ren from the media today. Scared someone might ask them for the details of their so-called plan.
    INCOMPETENT COMPLAINING BABIES DRESSED IN BIG BOY SUITS.

    February 13, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. hn

    Once again, like civil rights and apartheid, republicans are on the wrong side of history. They kept coming back after a democrat fixed their problems becuase their ideology is the default American ideology. It is changing now forever. I think republicans will be split into two; right and centre.

    February 13, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Chris

    Honestly folks, how can you possibly make this into a battle when this bill is speeding through Congress so fast that not one person really knows what inside? Well, maybe plastic woman knows, but that's the only one. Why can't this slow down a little and let our Congress reps review everything. There just might be some surprises inside that we, the people, do not want included. Do you really trust a politician? It doesn't matter which side of the fence they are on, they're still on a side opposite from us!

    February 13, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Tony - Fla

    I can't see why you would jump out of a plane without a chute, so why would you vote for this without reading it first? We are going down a road that is unknown and you would tell me you would do it with a blindfold. I fear we may be headed to a bloody conclusion.

    "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
    Declaration of Independence – 1776

    I say this of our two party system, which just may lead us to two parts. We are the USA, they are going to turn us into the LSA ans RSA.

    February 13, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Oregon

    You Republicans are history LOL!!!! All of you ~~JOKERS~~ will be voted out of office next time your turn comes up – if you don't slink off with your little tails between your legs, as in, "retiring" COWARDS!

    The Republicans have admitted they screwed the Country up and yet now don't want to help fix it.

    These dispicable Republicans, these "Conservatives" are just a joke at this point. Dems made progress in the house – last time 11 Dem. voted against it- this time around just 7 did.

    Goodbye to bad rubbage.

    The Country is behind you Obama! Go!

    February 13, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ITS IS AMAZING HOW THIS COUNTRY IS SPLIT IN HALF.

    DEMOCRATS-GULLIBLE, DOESN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHATS IN THE STIMULUS BILL, PUTS ALL HOPE OF SOME KIND OF CHANGE ON OBAMA, WHEN ANYTHING GOES WRONG ALWAYS BLAME BUSH, AND TYPICALLY IS NOT REAL EDUCATED!!!!!!!

    REPUBLICANS- TYPICALLY EDUCATED, READS THE PAPER AND WATCH THE NEWS, IS COMPLETELY AGAINST THE STIMULUS BILL BECAUSE THEY KNOW ITS FULL OF MOSTLY SPENDING, CAN SEE WHO OBAMA REALLY IS, SCARED TO DEATH FOR THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY CAN SEE WHATS COMING!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. John

    Dems are saying JOBS JOBS JOBS Repubicans are saying SPEND, SPEND, SPEND. I guess the Republicans are finally showing Americans their true colors. THEY WANT JOBS WITHOUT SPENDING (INCOME, HEALTH CARE, etc...). In essence they want the average American Citizen to work for nothing.

    February 13, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    IT'S AMAZING HOW THIS COUNTRY IS SPLIT IN HALF.

    DEMOCRATS-GULLIBLE, DOESN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHATS IN THE STIMULUS BILL, PUTS ALL HOPE OF SOME KIND OF CHANGE ON OBAMA, WHEN ANYTHING GOES WRONG ALWAYS BLAME BUSH, AND TYPICALLY IS NOT REAL EDUCATED!!!!!!!

    REPUBLICANS- TYPICALLY EDUCATED, READS THE PAPER AND WATCH THE NEWS, IS COMPLETELY AGAINST THE STIMULUS BILL BECAUSE THEY KNOW ITS FULL OF MOSTLY SPENDING, CAN SEE WHO OBAMA REALLY IS, SCARED TO DEATH FOR THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY CAN SEE WHATS COMING!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Oregon

    My GOD think if McCain and the Bull Moose had won the election. Congress and the Senate would be voting on a bill to declare war on Russia right now.

    February 13, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. rena

    Kick all those washed up Rethugs out of Washington. They aren't anything but a bunch of greedy, robbing, inexcusable nothings. They don't even deserve the plates our animals eat on. They are dispicable.

    February 13, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. jbak

    The avbove posting about MS and AL religiosity is INSANE!! We are a religous state and proud of it...this country was founded on the principles of the Bible but I see that ALOT of people have wandered away from that. It will not get any better until we look to Jesus and everyone figures out that He is the only way. I am PROUD of my state, MS...and I PROUD to say I am a Christian.

    February 13, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Pepper Hanrahan

    Watching the debate in the Senate is a hoot. They've got McCain up there commenting on the stimulus package. The same guy that said "the fundamentals of the economy are good." And that comment itself is what dynamically turned the tide in his loss of the Presidency. The Republicans are companing about being bi-partician, more tax cuts, and the deficit. Obama extended his hand they turned away. Economists say spending and stimulus is needed...not tax cuts. And deficit spending came from the last administration. Like I said it is a hoot to watch!

    February 13, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    If the GOP thinks that they are all SO much smarter re: solving the economic crisis ... why didn't they do something about preventing it during the past eight years? Frankly, because they didn't PUT UP ... they now need to SHUT UP!

    February 13, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. TKW-New Mexico

    Thank God we have a president that cares about the majority of this country and not just the rich. I hope all of the Republicans get voted out in 2010. Even if Obama fails, he didn't create this mess but I'm glad he is at least trying to fix it. He's done more in 3 week than George Bush did in the last 8 years.

    February 13, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. No Incumbents 2010

    I know 7 Democrat Congressman who need to be re-elected.

    February 13, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. No Incumbents 2010

    Excuse me 11.

    February 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. K Fergus

    For a party who clearly must shoulder much of the responsibility for the house of cards economy that grew to unprecedented heights on a foundation of greed, air, and deception, they show no signs of remorse or empathy for the predicament they have created on main street.

    Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. They are showing how partisan and divisive they are. Obama is dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn't with these bozos.

    February 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Steve in Louisville

    This shows what the Republicans are all about: Party before country. No dissenters. Salute the flag. Sound familiar?

    February 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. PJH

    You people who are complaining about the Republicans not wanting to help the little man out, have you even read the bill? Of course not, because our representatives haven't read it! I know something has to be done but what happened to having the bill out there for 48 hours for the public to see? Where is the transparency?

    February 13, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Jim

    Sniffit: What does that tell you. Maybe a little common sense and knowledge that God is the only one that can save this country and the little o is not the messiah.

    This bill is a farce. This congress and senate have never been able to put together anything that works with vast amounts of time to do so.
    What makes anyone think this pork laden monstrosity that was conceived in such a short time, negotiated, then approved will be any different. America is looking for some one to save them. Therefor, you will take anything that is shoved at you with the promise that it will work. Grab on and hold tight. This ride is just starting and I for one am afraid the final state of affairs will be far worse than what they are today.

    February 13, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. naqib

    Daryl from Seattle

    Just curious... what in this bill is going to help the average american?

    February 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Typical White Person

    Dems own this one...

    Unfortunately we are all going to have to pay for it for several hundred years...

    February 13, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. Geo1

    Very good! I am glad.

    February 13, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Hammer

    That makes sense, charge the repubs with stepping on the little man,When the Dems cut every part of the package that could help the little man. Cut the tax credit, bonus to the old, sick and poor, cut the money to help education. Left in 200 billion for pork to pay for Repub votes from Spector, Snow and Collins. Left in money to special interest groups like ALCORN and to save the rats for Nancy and $ billion for Harry to build a railroad. Really helping the little man, right?

    February 13, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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