February 13th, 2009
02:38 PM ET
11 years ago

House approves stimulus package with no GOP votes

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives on Friday approved the $787 billion economic stimulus bill by a vote of 246-183.

Seven Democrats joined a unified Republican caucus in opposing the measure. The Senate is expected to hold a final vote on the stimulus package Friday evening.

Two weeks ago, the House approved an earlier version of the plan 244-188, with 177 Republicans and 11 Democrats voting against the measure.

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  1. Anne

    I would presume it is smart not to vote for something you haven't read. Those in the House said they had not seen the Senate version and therefore could not know within less that 12-15 hours what was in it that had been blended into the House version unless they stayed up all night with almost perfect comprehension and speed reading skills. Do those of you praising all the dems who voted for this know that the e-verify program for illegal immigration has been gutted, that whistleblower protections are mostly removed and that in updating medical records it states that you may end up giving up the choice of doctor you see because "they" can judge whether the doctor fits into the system correctly with how he treats patients or how often? Let's see what you think when you realize that this bill is not stimulus, and is definietly not transparent like Obama promised. Has it been on his gov. website for 5 days like promised? Don't think so.....

    February 13, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Mark

    Dems you own this one 100%. If it works, you can be heros for eternity. If it doesn't (by the way you have 12 months to see improvement) you will be relegated to your own country, Democratistan–a land run by the Government and for the Government. As for the rest of us, we're happy to start over under the model of our founding fathers. Give me Liberty or give me death.

    February 13, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Kevin

    Let's see... Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Rove, McCain, Palin, Steele, that senator who came out with that song about President Obama, Hannity, O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Beck, Medved, Schnitt, Ingram, Coulter,.... Oh, I'm Sorry, hello there. You're looking at your screen wondering what's with the names on this list. It's simple, really: It's telling you the names of those Republicans whose heads are stuff and mounted over my mantle above the fireplace, and it won't be long until the REST of the RNC joins them in museums right next to their Wooly Mammoth and Mastodon Ancestor, to say nothing about seeing the Nation's Capitol from a tourbus.

    February 13, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Patriot68

    Look the GOP are all KKK members sole purpose of destroying this country an evil pack that preys on the so called ultra Christians (those who don't believe that Jesus came to die for all races not only white people despite the fact that Jesus was not white and one important fact of Jesus' teaching was that we should try to elevate the poor from suffering help them to fend for themselves ), uneducated poor folks, people in red states that foolishly vote for them and old racist people that don't even reason with their old heads and wisdom, The GOP satisfy the rich and powerful their aim is bring in an era of Autocracy not Democracy or Capitalism. They indeed succeeded where Obama failed, they eliminated funds from the stimulus that would have brought significant change and progress and prosperity in the USA. Look what they cut off, Building New Schools, Broadband Internet for all, Investments in Science and Technology, Research to stop global warming. What an evil bunch.

    February 13, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Caligirl

    Seems to me that after 8 years of rubber-stamping everything W wanted, these guys just want to obstruct.

    Oh well, what's new.

    My Mother always said "If you pack a lunch, you should vote Democrat". "If you go to a fancy restaurant every day for lunch, you should vote Republican."

    Keep the poor poor — that keeps them groveling and under control.

    There are 2 ways to control people:

    1) Keep them Fearful
    2) Keep them Demoralized.

    That's how the GOP governs.

    February 13, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Simmy

    To the person who said may PUMA can become a party now,

    Sorry to inform you, but they are already a party – it's called Republican.

    February 13, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. T. Mckinley

    Rush Limbaugh: "I hope he (Obama) fails!" Congressional Republicans, by opposing the stimulus bill in lock-step, seem to share Limbaugh's despicible and unpatriotic sentiments.

    George W. Bush was an absolute DISASTER as President, yet I can't remember hear one single liberal Democrat saying that they hoped G.W.B. would fail.

    What's up with these people?

    February 13, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Greg

    So does this mean, that those who don't want it, don't get any? How would their constituents feel about how they voted then.

    February 13, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Obama, first non-US citizen President!

    What's Pelosi's district....Oh yeh, San Francisco!

    February 13, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Herbie


    February 13, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Questionable Future

    Dear Len,

    Your poll sounds similar to what I have seen for people in favor of "some type" of stimulus. And 58% isn't exactly a mandate.

    A Gallup poll about the currently proposed bill only garnered 48% support.

    Get your facts straight...

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

    This bill is ridiculous I am going to get a whopping $13 extra a pay. Oh boy I dont know where to spend all that.

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

    Dear Republican Senators:

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

    February 13, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Obviously the Republicans don't give a whit about the PEOPLE who are losing jobs by the thousands every single day. This has probably sealed the deal for me for the next several House & Senate elections in Texas. I will NOT vote for a Republican again until the GOP decides to represent ALL the people and not just the fat cat multi-millionaires and the oil companies.

    February 13, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. tony

    My God the Repubs still don't understand the depth of our current recession. This will be the longest postwar recession (easily) and we face the real possiblity of a Japan in the 1990's style lost decade (with a deflationary cycle). In response what do they propose? Repeal of the Death Tax (the DeMint Amendment). What exactly is that supposed to stimulate? The stimulus (along with restoring the financial sector) is necessary to keep this already severe recession from turning into a multiyear downturn. It may not be the Great Depression, but we could be sliding backwards for many years. In this moment of crisis how do conservatives respond? Silly terms like pokubus (or whatever). When their country needed them to rise to the occasion, conservatives have come up small.

    February 13, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. sean mcinerney

    I dont understand why the GOP is so willing to float the banks in this country 800 billion (with a B) with realitive ease ,but when it comes to the PEOPLE not so much?

    February 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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