January 29th, 2009
02:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Stimulus bill moves to Senate, where GOP wants compromise

(CNN) - President Obama's economic stimulus plan cleared its first hurdle, but it was hardly the bipartisan victory he hoped for - not a single House Republican broke ranks to support it.

In fact, 11 Democrats also voted against the $819 billion package.

But a win is a win, and so the White House strategy is to take the long view: Maybe the Senate will take out more of the controversial pork projects and tweak the tax cuts to win over more Republicans.

The full Senate will vote on its version next week. Should the Senate and House pass different versions, the two bills would have to be conferenced together. Then both chambers would have to vote on the new conference version in the coming weeks.

"I do think it is so important that we slow this bill down in order to do it right," said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

Senate GOP sources report that there is a "real split" in the GOP caucus about the best way to proceed in the wake of Wednesday's vote in the House.

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. J.D.

    I am a Democrat and I am appalled at this spending plan. It is full of insanely stupid expenditures too numerous to mention. We should be spending our money to (1) build durable infrastructure like high speed rail, electrical grids, nuclear plants, and things that will serve as the foundation for future prosperity; (2) for grants and scholarships for 1 million Masters and PhD students in technology so we can take them out of the workplace (thus they will NOT be competing for jobs) and get them super-educated so we can compete in this world economy; and (3) as Venture Capital for entrepreneurs able to create new products and businesses that will boost our trade, tax-base and jobs. All this dumb spending is just worthless.

    January 29, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |

    I can see it now 2010, No Republicans in the Senate or in the House!
    The thing that I have to say is YOU-ALL DID IT TO YOURSELVES! Such is life. you've bitten off your nose to spite your face and it will haunt you from now on. YOU ASKED FOR IT. Now I know why I switched and became a Democrat, because, they care about the people, the people that don't have as much money as you-all do and are not just thinking about what they can get for themselves unlike you-all. I can see many more Republicans moving over because of this NO vote. Toward the President of the USA you-all ought be ashamed of yourselves.

    January 29, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. Matt

    Rick January 29th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

    I consider my self an independant but it seems to me if the Democratic House had done what Obama wanted and kept the pork out,

    You seriously need to read what is in that bill Rick. It is chock full of pork and nothing but pork. There are almost no immediate job and about 80% of it is not jobs just welfare systems. If the infrastructure part was 5 times it's size and all the rest were lowered I might agree with you and accept what is in it.

    But you are dead wrong on this. It is full of garbage plain and simple. People need jobs not hand outs.

    I don't want tax credits, condoms or hand outs. I want jobs. Since the Democrats do not seem to understand this and would rather have me with my hand out then a hand up then I support the Republicans this time in not being apart of this.

    This bill is garbage.

    January 29, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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