February 14th, 2009
09:25 AM ET
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Stimulus package en route to Obama's desk

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at right on the Senate floor Friday.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at right on the Senate floor Friday.

(CNN) – The U.S. Senate gave final approval Friday to a $787 billion recovery package that President Obama hopes will help boost an economy in freefall with a combination of government spending and tax cuts and credits.

Approved earlier by the House, the plan - which went through multiple permutations as it bounced back and forth on Capitol Hill over the past week - now goes to Obama's desk, where he plans to sign it into law by Presidents Day.

Winners and Losers in the final stimulus bill

Spending in the package includes about $120 billion for infrastructure - new projects repairing bridges, roads, government buildings and the like - more than $100 billion for education and $30 billion on energy-related projects that Obama says will create "green jobs."

More than $212 billion goes to tax breaks for individuals and businesses, and another $267 billion is in direct spending like food stamps and unemployment benefits.

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  1. worriedmom

    To: Barbara
    Sorry he used you and others to get the vote!!! Think a lot of people are starting to realize that now but we are stuck!!! Of course we could all go live with Henritta in her FREE House!!!

    February 14, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Truth Bomb Thrower

    Every member of Congress who voted for this POLITICAL PORK PAYBACK BILL should be thrown out of office and then thrown in jail. The Democrats are simply determined to destroy this country. 2010, you can come soon enough!

    February 14, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. joe magaratz

    Let's see if any of the local elected officials of "republican" congressional districts turn any "socialist" money down.

    February 14, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Sam

    There could be no better investment in America than to invest in America becoming energy independent! We need to utilize everything in out power to reduce our dependence on foreign oil including using our own natural resources. Create cheap clean energy, new badly needed green jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The high cost of fuel this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. The cost of fuel effects every facet of consumer goods from production to shipping costs. After a brief reprieve gas is inching back up. OPEC will continue to cut production until they achieve their desired 80-100. per barrel. If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV's instead had plug-in electric drive trains, the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota. There is a really good new book out by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now.

    February 14, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. ddbug57

    thank god i am an independant. This has nothing to do with right or left,,whose fault,,,its just wrong to take our childrens childrens, childrens childrens $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ for pork.

    February 14, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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