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Stimulus Package Passes House With No Republican Votes

January 28, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

That’s it for the House. Now on to the Senate with President Obama’s $825 billion economic stimulus package.

After approving seven amendments, the House of Representatives this evening voted 244 – 188 in favor of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Not a single Republican member voted in favor of the bill on final passage. On the other hand, these 11 Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans against the bill:

Rep. Allen Boyd [D, FL-2]
Rep. Bobby Bright [D, AL-2]
Rep. Jim Cooper [D, TN-5]
Rep. Brad Ellsworth [D, IN-8]
Rep. Parker Griffith [D, AL-5]
Rep. Paul Kanjorski [D, PA-11]
Rep. Frank Kratovil [D, MD-1]
Rep. Walter Minnick [D, ID-1]
Rep. Collin Peterson [D, MN-7]
Rep. Heath Shuler [D, NC-11]
Rep. Gene Taylor [D, MS-4]

…more than half of them Blue Dogs.

The stimulus package is now officially in the Senate’s court. Earlier today the Senate Appropriations Committee released a .pdf of the spending portion of the bill, which totals around $366 billion. The Senate Finance Committee’s tax cut portion of the bill totals $522 billion, bringing the total price tag of the Senate’s version to $877 billion. You can view the Senate bill, leave comments, and track news and blog coverage here:

S. 1 – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

In order to get the bill out of the Senate, Democrats will have to pick off at least two Republicans, and have no Democratic defectors. Senator Grassley’s (R-IA) Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) patch amendment, which was added in yesterday’s Finance Committee markup, could help win over the crucial votes. Besides Grassley, Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME) also voted in favor of the bill during committee markup.

After the House vote tonight, President Obama issued the following statement:

>Last year, America lost 2.6 million jobs. On Monday alone, we learned that some of our biggest employers plan to cut another 55,000. This is a wakeup call to Washington that the American people need us to act and act immediately.
>That is why I am grateful to the House of Representatives for moving the American Recovery and Reinvestment plan forward today. There are many numbers in this plan. It will double our capacity to generate renewable energy. It will lower the cost of health care by billions and improve its quality. It will modernize thousands of classrooms and send more kids to college. And it will put billions of dollars in immediate tax relief into the pockets of working families.
>But out of all these numbers, there is one that matters most to me: this recovery plan will save or create more than three million new jobs over the next few years.
>I can also promise that my administration will administer this recovery plan with a level of transparency and accountability never before seen in Washington. Once it is passed, every American will be able to go the website and see how and where their money is being spent.
>The plan now moves to the Senate, and I hope that we can continue to strengthen this plan before it gets to my desk. But what we can’t do is drag our feet or allow the same partisan differences to get in our way. We must move swiftly and boldly to put Americans back to work, and that is exactly what this plan begins to do.

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