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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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. JIM...TX

    Since the Republicans are so sure this won't work...perhaps their states shouldn't get any of the stimulus money. I'll bet they spend it just as quick as anybody. They are one sorry bunch!

    February 14, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Had It

    Did any of you see the drama queen antics by the "boner"?

    What a bunch of cry-babies in the repukelican't party. They should be ashamed to show their faces. Greedy Obstructionist Party.

    2010 is next year.

    February 14, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    No Repbulican votes in the House and only three in the Senate. The GOP is following their intellectual leader, Rush Limbauh, in wishing Obama a failed presidency. Politics as usual and put your party before your country.

    February 14, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Proud American

    And the beat goes, on....Obama twisting arms to keep the vote open, and sending a plane at Tax payer expense, to pick up and secure his last vote so that he can destroy this country and turn it into a 3rd world socialist craphole......too bad that plane didn't crash.

    February 14, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Brad of IL.

    Thanks Democrats , we will be seeing alot more Repub's back in office. This has too finally show how stupid this admin. is Obama will be the worst Pres. in American history, and African Americans will have too then look back too there idol MLK. What a shame. I have always said Obama was a piece of crap for a Poltician and this finally proves it. Being from IL. is a disgrace , and I think Blago. needs too help this State put all these crooks in jail, starting with Obama . Blago. please help rid this country of this liberal scum and save this country.

    February 14, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. mel

    Thank you Mr. President Barack Obama, America is ready to roll up our sleeves and work. We are walking with you.

    February 14, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. annie - Palin 2012

    Wonder how it feels to be in congress and know that you have destroyed our country by signing this bill?

    February 14, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Despite the lack of bipartisian support from Republicans this bill has many things that Republicans wanted. They will enjoy the fruits of Obama's labor while complaining that they had no input into the bill.

    February 14, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. J in L.A.

    At this point the Republicans are lucky they get to use the Congressional restrooms, let alone vote or debate anything. First they waste hundreds of billions of dollars in Iraq (plus killing and maiming thousands of Americans and Iraqis), run the national debt to record levels, and create the biggest and most intrusive Big Government ever, and then, once they lose the election, they get religion about the Republican agenda of less spending and smaller government. What hypocrites!

    They had a chance to BEGIN the process of getting some power back. The Democrats made concessions in the stimulus bill to try to please them, and got nothing for their effort. NOTHING. So why bother making concessions in the future? The Republicans should have thrown a few House votes into the mix just to say, "Okay, we got a little, we'll give you a little." The next time, they would have gotten more. But nope...they dug in their heels as usual, stole a few tax cuts and gave nothing in return.

    We'll see what they get next time. I'm hoping it looks less like bipartisanship and more like a boot in the butt.

    February 14, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. concerned

    I am glad that the Bill will be signed into Law on Monday. I am troubled by the fact that it appears to be Politics as usual as we make Progress(?) in our Country!

    Democracy works.

    ! Politics ,however, appear to be intrenched by those seeking personal gain, -having been in Washington so long that they truly can't see the Forrest for the Trees!

    Bite your nose to spite your face? Let's see how the next phase goes?

    February 14, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Good to see that we have the backs of the rich fat cat wealthy covered. Too bad this will do nothing for the average American citizen other than add the their tax burden for several generations going forward.

    February 14, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Obama - NOPE

    And here we all go, from the economic frying pan, into the fire.

    February 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. A CANUCK


    February 14, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. independent

    President Obama, the heads of both houses and the DNC should be pointing out loud and clear, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. If you are part of the problem, you will be highlighted and targeted in forward elections.

    Start raising money and running spots pointing this out and asking voters now, do you want to continue supporting someone who is not part of the solution?

    February 14, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |

    Congrats to President Obama, the Dems in the House and the Senate Democrats and three Replublican Senators. Job well done.

    February 14, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Renelda

    I am sorry, but what does the recognition of Philippine Nationals (living outside the US) as "Military Veterans" in the eyes of our government have to do with generating jobs and helping our economy? Well – it is in the "stimulas" plan...

    On page 215 of part 1, not only will they grant veteran status to non-American citizens, it will pay up to $9K to each a person living in the Philippines that helped us during WWII. Also – they will be given access to VA medical care, therefore taking scarce resources away from our own Veterans.

    Total for this piece of pork: $198,000,000!!! (Section 1, Page 222)


    February 14, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. lila

    We need another 500 billion for infrastructure, education and energy related projects.

    February 14, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. labman57

    Most of the Republicans who opposed the stimulus package because of concern over the amount of spending and the impact on the national debt would have endorsed it had the focus been on tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy and major corporations as well as increased defense spending, international and domestic surveillance funding, subsidizing domestic oil drilling, etc.

    It's disingenuous for the GOP to claim that they are against major spending and increasing the deficit. They simply have different priorities on what projects to fund.

    February 14, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. onoshe

    Republicans, where is the democracy united states is all about? Everyone of you are elected into the office by the people. Democracy is the government of the people,by the people and for the people. It seems to me that the republicans now defining democracy as the government of the party, by the party and for the party ! Please wake up and work for the people who elected you in the office, enough is enough with the same old things.
    The stimulus bill cannot be hundred percent ok but remember the people who elected you in the office are dying with hunger, no jobs!!!

    February 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Lew Bransford

    ...just sickening, disgusting, uncaring about the real needs of the American people.

    February 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Barbara Caniff

    The only thing I see in this package for senior citizens is a one time payment of $250. Is that all the older people are going to get? I was a firm supporter of Obama, but it seems to me the senior citizens have been left out.

    February 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Scott, Tucson

    You want to stimulate the economy? Than removed the payroll tax deductions and let us the American people stimulate it through our purchasing power. And this way every one of us can benefit from tax cuts immediately.

    February 14, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Annie

    The U.S. democratic process is exposed. It is like 2 football teams wanting to destroy each other for the prize – a distressed economy and depressed population. The game ended and the Democrats won. The Republicans continue to fume and vow vengance. Does anyone care that the "prize" is disintegrating? God bless 2 courageous women from Maine and an old man from Pennsylvania who stood firm for their hurting countrymen instead of the game. History records as heros the names of those who care more for people than what is personally beneficial.

    February 14, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Betty

    Some of the comments on this page are really above what most Americans want for this country. To Proud American, you should be ashamed of yourself. What a nasty thing to say. Shows how educated you really are. Your hatred is oozing out of every pore in your body. We all need to roll up our sleeves and try to pull this country out of the mess it is in. As Americans we can do this, and if you are not able to get past your hatred, please stay out of the way of Really Proud Americans.

    February 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Denver Mom

    Losers: American Taxpayers

    Winners: Politicians

    February 14, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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