February 14th, 2009
09:25 AM ET
5 years ago

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. pete

    Dang it, he won't answer me, but I know Bozo is in here.

    February 14, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. pete

    I can't wait to spend my 13 dollars a week. I can know supersize my order. Life is grand here in the US.

    February 14, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Denver Mom

    Hey Jim in Texas... Couldn't agree with you more, but also don't want to pay for it either. Don't give us the money and don't charge us the bill. I can live with that.

    February 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Marylander

    Thank you President Obama. I believe that you are on your way to becoming one of the best presidents in this country's history. Your intelligence is not only amazing but a welcome change from some of the intellectual lighweights (both parties) who have been in the White House. I think that the tax cuts in this bill are useless but understand that you had to try to appease the Republicans so I will donate my $20 or so per month in the tax cut to a local charity as I know they are really hurting in this economy. I am 100% behind you.

    February 14, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. chris from stl

    More than half of that 212 billion in tax breaks is waste ... will go to people who do not need it, hence will not contribute to the stimulus. In my opinion, this is pure 'pork'.

    February 14, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Welcome to France

    So many idiotic comments here; including the one from JIM in TX. Jim, which states are entirely republican? Stop planning our futures like this is some kind of idiotic football game. This is not about out-maneuvering the other guy so you "score" some kind of imaginary point. This is our future. NO ONE in their RIGHT MIND who knows anything about finance could possibly look at this stimulus pile of garbage and honestly say this will help SOLVE the underlying problems in our country.
    This is why we are in the mess we are in. America has become a country of STUPID people. They are so star-struck by the big productions and lavish entertainment provided by people like Barack Obama, they don't see there is no substance to him. So they have elected a figure-head and handed the reins of our country to even bigger idiots like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chris (criminal) Dodd and ??? Barney Frank????!! This group of thieves will not only be no better than Bush & Company; I fear they will be much, much worse. See you back here in 2 years. Then let's see how many of you Obamunists are still filled with glee. Good luck and God bless us all.

    February 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Mary

    Wow, it is amazing that the Repub's had 8 years to do something, anything to help our economy and did nothing. Well sort of, they screwed it up even more. The last stimulous, ie bailout of Bush was a complete disaster which made matters only worse now. So, this time around the Repubs again had their chance and could get nowhere. So Repubs make a mess, expect the Dems to clean it up and if it isn't done fast enough or on their terms in less than a month, then the Dems are the bad guys.........???? Hey Repubs, keep listening to good old Rush, I mean realy, he wants the pres to fail. I see no positive in that, if the pres fails the country fails, so then will the Repubs be happy?

    February 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Armando

    While these Republicans are right. I would like to know where they were the last 8 years and for the bailout?

    February 14, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Angie in Pa

    I Dont understand the Republicans they Rubber Stamped Every senseless Spending Bush wanted for Iraq, Billions of our Tax dollars to Iraq. Billions For Wall St Bonuses. Yet money for America and the People and for the Countries Future They want no part, Why do Republicans HATE AMERICA?

    February 14, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. BigDaddyTod

    If the republicans had this "so called" better plan, where was it? And how after the years they were in charge of congress do they have the balls to talk about spending too much? If they had spent the deficit on infrastructure it would at least been worth it, but where did the money go?

    February 14, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. JAMES D DUNCAN

    hello ,my name james there is one topic that i've heard any one talk about that is my situation i'am waiting for hearing to be held maybe in august or september on social sercurity disabled benefits . i'am totally disabled and i don't have any income at all i have a lot of bills tha t is due now and i don't know how i'am going too get them paid so i've got to wait until then and maybe they will claim me disabled .i can't wait until august i need money now to pay my bills and they are other people in my household that depend on me my wife is disabled too and my kids go to school .my wife don't receive any benefits either so i would like to know how the stimulis will help me i've not filed any taxes for three years so is this stimulis plan for those people that filed taxes and already in the system if so how i'am i going to benefit for this stimulis plan .please help me understand this email me or call me at 864-840-9331

    February 14, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. decatur,il

    did anyone in the house have a chance to read this thing before having to vote? if no...how sad is that? the democrats just pushed it through....

    February 14, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    JIM...TX February 14th, 2009 10:28 am ET

    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!

    Hey Jim, that sounds like a great idea if those states don't have to pay taxes to cover it.

    February 14, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Bill

    Proud American February 14th, 2009 10:33 am ET
    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.
    ----------

    You're SO right!

    We've been screwed. Hide your money, folks. If they can't find it, they can't take it!

    February 14, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. REG in AZ

    Bipartisanship?? Everyone knew that some form of a significant spending bill was absolutely necessary, that the economy was in extreme trouble and that the specific breakdown on the bill wasn't ever going to satisfy everyone, so then why were the Republicans so belligerently deviant, even to threatening their own people, who actually felt they were voting their conscience for their constituents' benefit (in other words being responsible)? For the last eight years the Republican Party has been strongly, stubbornly, obstinately and arrogantly united, first in backing Bush-Cheney in everything and now in faulting and trying to block anything Obama offers. The two are probably related in that the costs and failures of Bush-Cheney heavily reflect on the Republicans and they now feel pressure to make sure Obama fails too, so they can recover some, and hence they become belligerent obstructionists. Another heavily contributing factor is that they feel cocky in being able to control public opinion with their strong and powerful backing and support from the influential and wealthy interests behind them. Throughout the last eight years they have clearly demonstrated this confidence when boldly doing whatever they wanted, literally thumbing their noses at everyone, and then actually depending on the overt and covert powerful support behind them to influence the media and to manipulate public opinion, deceptively appealing to individual biases and using subterfuge to excite emotions. The real question then is, who really has control of the Republican Party, whose interests are they really constantly serving? The clear answer to that is, the money and power that is pulling the strings that they jump to, definitely not the people! That is easily recognizable in seeing who has always significantly benefited from their actions. Bipartisanship will be very difficult to ever achieve there!

    February 14, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. knowlege

    @Brad of IL. are you having issues or are you just a plain idiot who doesn't read before they think????? Thank you for being a real bigot!!

    February 14, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    Republicans are such hypocrits, running our country into the ground. Where were they with their BS when Bush ran up our national debt to over 10 Trillion dollars, where were they when Bush destroyed this country. All I see from them is Obstruction. I see President Obama trying to work with them, involving them, hiring them in his cabinet, putting tax plans in the stimulus to make them happy, Inviting them to the whitehouse, and what do they do, they suddenly get religion and want to be fiscally responsible, too little too late. What idiots. They will lose in the end, because this stimulus will work, and things will get better and in 2010, they will lose more seats in the house and in the senate, because they will look like and are obstructionists. They just don't get it. OUT with the old tired ways, and in with the new.

    February 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    How convenient– a behemoth bill no one has read, delivered by the thinnest of political margins in unseemly haste for a Presidential photo opportunity on Presidents Day. I remember Abe Lincoln. Abe was a friend of The People. Mr. President, you're no Abe Lincoln.

    February 14, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Deb

    God please help Americans stop being so partisan

    February 14, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Lilly Rose

    For all of you negative types on this blog – if you had a better idea, why didn't you propose it? And why didn't you say something while Bush & Co. was pillaging this country. You were no help then and you are no help now. Just be quiet and let the President work. Thanks!

    February 14, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. yuri

    This had better show some positive results in the not so distant, but foreseeable future, as near as possible.

    February 14, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Rosemary

    To Barbara Caniff: Yes, you got that right. I am really disappointed in Obama. On the campaign trail he repeatedly said seniors earning under $50,000 a year would be made tax exempt under his plan. He got a lot of seniors to vote for him with this promise. Not a word about it now, although it remains on his website and the White House website. We cannot even get the paltry tax cut (about $7 a week) that low and middle income workers will get because it will be deducted from their social security taxes and we no longer pay them. We are cut out!!! Totally, after all those promises. A one time check for $250 is it! We're thrown under the bus.

    February 14, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Proud Soldeirs Mom

    THE BIG DEM PLAN:
    Create a Stimulus Bill full of favor payback, and anything on the dems wish list that have been vetoed in the past. Then, The pres. will create a new stimulus bill that is REALLY suppose to create jobs to get us out of this recession. No one will say no to the new one. The second stimulus bill will work, but at the same time, the dems got what they wanted out of the first bill. By 2012 no one will even remember the first bad bill, and the Pres. will look good by the next election.

    February 14, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. John

    The American people wonder why there is no bi-partisanship in Washington even though the politicians all talked about it during the election cycle.

    I think that it is much easier to sit back and obstruct than to corporate for the republicans because they already have what they want; tax breaks for the rich, poor economy for the workers, hungry people willing to work cheaper, outsourcing of jobs to slave wage countries, importing of high tech workers low wage workers and wealth to retreat into while the rest of us suffer.

    Now, that's the the republican dream, the goal started by their hero Ronald Reagan and brought to fruition by George Bush so why would they want to work with the democrats to change things?

    February 14, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. sensible Cape Coral FL

    I hope some of the stimulus money goes to bloggers teaching them correct spelling and grammar. What a national disgrace some of you are

    February 14, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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