February 13th, 2009
03:45 PM ET
9 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. Sanma

    Not ONE Republican vote .... It is hard to believe that the people who live in Republican and Democrat represented districts are so radically different from one another across party lines and so uniformly the same within their own represented districts, that this would be the result .

    How is that , in midst of a nearly unprecedented economic crisis, NOT one Republican can find enough for his District in a $789 B package, supported by the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO, to vote YES ?

    The answer is quite clear - many, many Republican members of Congress have decided that they will vote the interests of their Party and not of their constituents.

    I hope the American people will make note of this vote and ask themselves whatis happeningup of congressional districts in this country are SOO divided

    February 13, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. irish

    Daryl from Seattle . Yeah, people are hurting. I'm sure the 30 million dollars that good ole Nancy has in there to save her mouse will really help the people that are hurting. Once again, another liberal who bases nothing in fact. Just spouts off mindlessly. The GOP didn't buy the crap in this bill. And they better stand together and not vote for it in the senate either. They at least are listening to the American outrage, unlike your liberal democrates like Nancy and Reid who could care less. Hurry up and sign I have to go Rome tonight boys !!
    Oh, and btw her flight to Rome is on the taypayers dime.

    February 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Independent_me

    Pity those 7 Democrats when the stimulus works, and they have to face their constituents!

    February 13, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Nick

    If I were Pres. Obama those 11 democrats who voter against the stimulus package would not get a committee asignment , a chair on anything,& a shortage in their budget.. I bet half of them rode in on his coat-tails... Mr. President show them who is boss and who brought 68 million voters to their party.

    February 13, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. PC

    Daryl from Seattle February 13th, 2009 4:36 pm ET
    That's it Republicans…keep on stepping on the little guy's head . . .
    Get over yourself, Daryl from "Seattle." But wait - it's Seattle, the only city in the U.S. with a public statue of LENIN!

    February 13, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Ray Ray

    LadyLindy asks, "Does this mean the house members who voted against it will not be taking any of the stimulus for their states?"

    RIGHT... and the citizens of those States won't be paying any taxes to fund the bill either. * eyes rolling * Are you REALLY that ignorant?

    February 13, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. MW in Calif

    Irish you maroon there is nothing in the stimulus bill that is for a mouse or mice or any such studies. I heard that same BS this morning during the debate and it was debunked then and your an idiot for bringing it up now. I guess you must be rich because you dont seem to give a crap about the rest of this countries citizens who are being hurt. Once again a neobot spouts off with made up statistics and fantasy excuses.

    February 13, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Randy

    How do we forget the past 8 years when the GOP got everything they wanted and the Presisent sign it into law. Now there is a new President lets see on what happens but get ready for Part 2 of the stimulas bill in a couple months. And let the GOP and the Dems. in both Houses and Congress put the past behind them and move on to put people to work and save the remaining business that are still operating and stop kicking people out of there homes.

    February 13, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. person

    nice to know that rethugs hate to see america prosper. After all they want Obama to fail. And said they need to act more like the taliban.

    February 13, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Rich

    I've been laid off and am not working. I look and look for a job but nothing is out there. I have great experience and great references.


    Because all I see is them getting in the way of solving this issue after they caused it to happen in the first place.

    One thing the Republican vote has done, is got me to volunteer my time for the Democrats.

    I want a job, not this stupid Republican obstruction that prolongs my unemployment.

    February 13, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. well there it is

    vote present – that's what the bill is, present but unread. That way the Senate can take the weekend to read the sucker and at least make an informed decision, unlike the dumbfounded House.

    February 13, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Scott L

    When this bill fails, Democrats have sealed their demise in 2010. It is gonna be so awesome to watch. Then Republicans will basically make Obama useless as a president.

    We gave stimulus checks last summer. Did you forget? We did a $335 billion bailout in the fall. Did you forget already? Neither of those worked. Now let's double down and see if three times a charm?

    WHOOOOOPS! Liberals have no clue.

    February 13, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    I hope this poor piece of legislation fails. I hope the Republicans stand firm against OBAMA and deny him anything he wants.

    February 13, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Dr. Nada from Pittsburgh

    When was the stimulus package presented to our officials in the house and senate? I understand that the package is over 8 inches think but COME ON! do they mean to tell us, the American people, that they are unable to section off the stimulus package among themselves so that the entire package is read? Instead of complaining why don't people in our government work together?

    February 13, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Tariq

    Republicans forget that the Bush Tax cuts, which did not work, ended up costing us more than the current stimulus...both which our grandchildren will also be required to pay back. Seems like history starts NOW at this current administration....and not 8 years ago.

    Here is an idea, if Republicans want to cut spending in the bill...when you receive your checks, just return it back to the government. If 40-45% voted against Obama, maybe 45% of the 800 billion will be saved.

    February 13, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Matthew, Detroit


    You are a great Democrat. They are either with us or against us...

    Wow Bush you to say that and all the Dems got mad. Now we are going to Excommunicate anyone who does not follow along blindly.

    February 13, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Jean Joseph

    Could you please let the public know all the names of those members of the house of representatives that say they couldn't read the just a little over 1000 pages of the stimulus package in a day!
    I am sure each representative have at least 5 employees in there offices that can read each about 200 pages in a day ?
    I suppose they have gone to school and have had projects were lots of materiel needed to be covered ... if this is the only reason why they couldn't vote a Yes or No .. we all are in deap trouble!
    Please investigate more as journalists that want to tell the American people the truth and then let it be known to the general public what the congress is doing !!!
    As a university graduate, it's very shamefull for me to hear people that are suppose to advocate for the good of the country just playing stupid politics instead of informing adequately the public in this difficult times!


    February 13, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Jen, Cali

    Dear Republican Senators:

    Please vote PRESENT on the so-called "stimulus" plan.

    February 13, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Rorschach

    Repubs keep ranting about tax cuts. Been there, done that, it didn't work, it all goes to the top 5% and guess what? It stays there. Trickle-down is failed ideology. Even Bush 41 called it "Voodoo Economics".

    February 13, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. Yvenst Miami

    I think it hilarious how these politicians were to lazy to read their "homework" before they went to bed.

    It is irrelevant that it is about a thousand pages long.

    Students at colleges do it all the time.

    February 13, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. T in NV

    Hammer – Dems wanted to keep the money for education in the bill and the Republicans wanted it removed or reduced. Are you mad at the Dems for caving to the Republicans to reduce the education money because that is what happened? Do you really even know what you are talking about?

    February 13, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. mw

    Repugs do not care about middle America. They only are in love with the rich, the greedy, and Rush(fat and ugly)

    February 13, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. jordan

    Let's vote more of the GOP cry babies out in 2010!

    February 13, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. J. Bell in California

    The GOP is basically hoping the bill doesn't work and the economy worsens so that they can say "I told you so" in the next campaign. They're following their leader Rush.

    I wish the Dems in Congress had this much cajones when dealing with Bush's multiple "supplemental" Iraq stimulus packages.

    February 13, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. Ohgod

    In the Senate, as well, there was growing dismay among Democrats, not just at the level of opposition from Republicans but the failure of anyone to step forward and ease the situation for Kennedy by offering themselves as a proxy vote.

    Severely ill with cancer, Kennedy’s presence had been vital in the earlier rounds to ensure 61 votes—and give some political protection to the three Republican moderates. The fact that he would not be there Friday raised anxiety, even to the point that his wife, Victoria, called the Republicans to ensure their support if her husband did not return.
    Can you imagine not even two-just two republicans voted proxy for Kennedy (cancer) and Brown (funeral).
    How HORRIBLE are these republicans?

    February 13, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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