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House Passes Stimulus with Zero GOP Votes

February 13, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The House of Representatives has just passed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act conference report by a vote of 246-183, sending it to the Senate for one final test before it gets signed into law by President Obama.

Like the House’s first vote on the bill in late January, not a single Republican voted for it. Seven Democrats crossed the aisle this time to vote with the Republicans against the bill. They are:

Rep. Bobby Bright [D, AL-2]
Rep. Peter DeFazio [D, OR-4]
Rep. Parker Griffith [D, AL-5]
Rep. Walter Minnick [D, ID-1]
Rep. Collin Peterson [D, MN-7]
Rep. Heath Shuler [D, NC-11]
Rep. Gene Taylor [D, MS-4]

One Democrat voted “present”: Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D, IL-3].

Leading up to the vote on passage this morning, the House debate was mainly focused on the speed with which the final version of the 999-page bill was brought to the floor. The final version of the legislation was still being worked out late into Thursday night; at 11pm ET, the text was posted on the House Rules Committee website, complete with hand-scrawled scratch-outs and illegible notes in the ledger. Earlier in the week, the House voted unanimously to adopt a non-binding rule, proposed by Rep. Jerry Lewis [R, CA-41] that instructed conference committee members not to endorse a final version of the bill “unless the text of such agreement has been available to managers in an electronic, searchable and downloadable form for at least 48 hours.” Since the rule was non-binding, there wasn’t much the Republicans could do to slow things down. But in a series of procedural votes this morning, a couple dozen Democrats broke with their party to join Republicans in protesting how the conference report was being handled.

The Senate will take their vote on the legislation this evening.

UPDATE: The Swamp has Rep. Lipinski’s explanation of his “present” vote:

>’I did not want to embarrass President Obama, but I don’t think Congress did Obama any favors in the way this bill was put together. I wanted to send the message that we needed to do more.’

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  • Anonymous 02/13/2009 9:38am

    “This legislation falls woefully short,” said House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio. “With a price tag of more than $1 trillion when you factor in interest, it costs every family almost $10,000 in added debt. This is an act of generational theft that our children and grandchildren will be paying for far into the future.”

  • Anonymous 02/13/2009 10:01am
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    Thank You for voting for American’s to the majority of the Congress. To the republicans and the 7 dems who voted no.. thanks for nothing. You have shown that you care NOTHING for your fellow countryman…the suffering we are doing is meaningless to you.

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    triptyx 02/13/2009 10:23am

    Are you kidding? How is spending $1tr (after interest) of money that we do not have, on a bill that, according to the Wall Street Journal is less than .12 on the dollar of actual stimulus, going to ease anyone’s suffering?

    How will raising taxes on the same corporations that can not currently afford to operate to pay for this worthless bill going to ease our suffering?

    What does spending hundreds of millions on “fuel efficient vehicles for the Federal Government” have to do with easing our suffering?

    There is item after item on this bill that does nothing but spend money on crap. It does not actually ease taxes in any meaningful way to allow individuals and corporations to have more money to spend and keep employees with. This bill delivers a large portion of its “stimulus” next year or the year after, long after it could actually do any good to “ease the suffering” now. The “stimulus” in this bill simply creates a false market for technologies and services which can not survive on their own in the market, because they are not mature or profitable. I ask you, however, what will happen when that initial boost of construction money and money for overpriced, inefficient green technologies dries up – what then? How will these new Government subsidized services survive in an open market? Will you just throw more money at them then to keep them alive? Where will that money come from?

    Your idiot Democrats just voted for a bill, the contents of which they HAVE NOT EVEN READ. Pelosi snapped her fingers and they jumped into the water head first. How patriotic! How heroic!

    In short, this entire bill is a joke. It is a joke that we will be paying for 50 years from now. It is a joke that, along with the $9tr plus promised by the criminals in the Fed, may finally sink this country as a serious entity.

    That said, I’m not laughing, and nobody else outside of those people who haven’t taken the time to read even a small part of the bill (or has bought the BS coming out of Reid and Pelosi’s mouths hook line and sinker) is laughing either.

    So revel in this “victory” for “true Americans”. Continue to revel when your taxes are raised significantly in an attempt to pay for this. Keep on partying as profitable companies continue an exodus from this country due to the overbearing taxes and regulations being promulgated and multiplied by those “true Americans” in the Government (and yes, that includes a number of Republicans – we didn’t make this far without them). Enjoy the soup kitchen lines and homelessness that will likely result from this bill. You may be able to say you were clapping like a useful idiot the day this grand experiment finally reached and exceeded the critical failure point.

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    jeremy_neel 02/13/2009 11:34am

    I agree with triptyx. I only read the first eight titles of the first division and the politics I found in it (i.e. the Blago exemption) were enough to garner my disapproval. Not only is this bill going to financially bankrupt us, but it is going to help push us down the path to moral bankruptcy as well.

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    jeremy_neel 02/13/2009 11:35am
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    so much for bipartisan approaches as well huh?

  • pdorsett 02/13/2009 12:36pm

    This is truly a Friday the 13th that will go down in history! A truly scary day of “CHANGE” to the socialist way. This is criminal that a group of Americans would blindly walk off the plank and drop us all into a black hole of debt and government control that will make us all want to leave this country. WE could quit our jobs, close up shop and live off the land! Then how would they collect their revenue to pay for this pork bill.
    It is hopeful that we had 7 House Democrats that loved capitalism and country. Thank-you Courageous Seven and Thank-you House Republicans for holding together!
    The “handwriting is on the wall” in the details of this bill. I will be faithfully praying that each theif that were apart of this robbery of our future taxes will be fully prosecuted, made a public spectacle and voted out office. My hope is that they will be humiliated for these selflish decisions to place in economic slavery each unborn American child and each young person that will have to pay back this enormous debt inthe next ten years. Better that a millstone be hung around the necks of eacch House Reps and Senators than the wrath God will bestow on these bandits. In God we trust… not the House Demorcrats, Senate, or Holy Obama. Our Freedom that God has so richly blessed us with has been stolen by the very ones we employed !!! You dear Sirs and Ladies did not listen to “WE the People”!!1

  • Anonymous 02/13/2009 12:46pm

    I want to believe that the Dems are passing this with good intentions. But it seems the more I learn about economics this seems like such a bad idea. Also I think the majority of comments I see on various blogs across the political spectrum are mostly against this, so its not ‘We the People…’. I try to be pragmatic in times like these, and evaluate things clearly and logically… but this defies reason!

  • Anonymous 02/13/2009 2:06pm

    Rep. Lipinski’s explanation of his “present” vote:‘I did not want to embarrass President Obama, but I don’t think Congress did Obama any favors in the way this bill was put together. I wanted to send the message that we needed to do more.’

    Interpretation: “I was chicken to vote ‘no’”

  • Anonymous 02/13/2009 2:13pm

    “To the republicans and the 7 dems who voted no.. thanks for nothing. You have shown that you care NOTHING for your fellow countryman…the suffering we are doing is meaningless to you.”

    The Republicans had a plan that cost half as much and would show up immediately in the paychecks of the taxpayers. It would have cut taxes for small businesses. It would have created jobs. The Dems plan does nothing. Maybe they’ll get a handful of jobs out of it, but it will hardly alleviate any suffering – and you’re a sucker if you think it will. Please tell us what immediate effect this will have on any suffering people? The Dems balked at the Republican plan because it contained nothing for Pelosi’s mouse or Reid’s railroad. The Dems broke another promise to have the text of the bill up on the internet before it was voted on. Speaking of railroads, we’ve all been railroaded. If you believe going over a trillion dollars (with interest) into debt is a good idea, I’m afraid you’re in the minority. See you at the voting booth in 2010, sucka.

  • Anonymous 02/13/2009 2:19pm
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    Now Nancy et al are off to Greece for eight days on the taxpayer’s tab -laughing all the way, secure in the fact that she got the vote of her constituents, who I’m sure will get a hefty load of cash to keep their state from filing bankruptcy. May her plane be late, the flight be long and turbulent, the sheets be scratchy and the food be tainted with salmonella. While she’s gone, let’s sell California to Mexico. I wonder how much we could get for it?

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    triptyx 02/14/2009 4:52am

    Considering its current financial situation, I don’t think anyone would want California.

    Cali does serve as an excellent model to show what the US’s finances and Regulatory Environment will look like in a few years. Bankrupt, morally and financially, with people and businesses fleeing the oppressive taxes and laws that make them unable to run their business at all, let alone profitably.

  • Anonymous 02/14/2009 11:48am

    Where were you fiscal conservatives a few years ago?
    Cost of Iraq Occupation so far: $600 Billion.
    Cost of the 2001 Bush tax cuts" $1.3 Trillion.
    I guess it’s only wasteful spending if it’s spent on Americans, instead of tribal leaders and warlords.

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    Anonymous 02/14/2009 2:14pm

    I had rather see money spent to free people enslaved by a vicious dictator than millions spent on a marsh mouse or a train from California to Las Vegas.This country needs help but not this.
    The way to create jobs is to make companies bring jobs back they have sent overseas.

  • DJJ 02/14/2009 8:03pm

    It’s time to foreclose, pay the “piper” and start over, and be accountable for our poor stewartship. Maybe we can clean it up before our children are left holding the bag.

    The other matter: Read information I found on the below websites. Is thias true? If it is how can we trust Mr. Obama and you guys(SCOTUS, House, Senate, FBI,CIA, etc) with something as massive as this when you and he can’t cleanup simple matters from like simply providing a righteous response for a simple request to confirm Mr. Obama’s natural born US citizenship status. Ratherthan simply put this to rest by sending the information requested, I understand Mr. Obama and others named in lawsuits around the country have hired several powerful law firms requesting dismissal and to seal access to all of Mr. Obama’s records(vault copy of BC, college records, immigration records, medical records, ect.). I bet that costs lots money. Why not spend a few bucks and just provide the information? Would that clear the matter up amnd build trust in everyone.

    Before you say it, let me ask: Since when was “” Appointed offical vetting agency for the election process?

    In Texas, I understand the plaintiff’s request for dismissal used was that they have “Official Immunity.”

    This gives me great faith and trust in my President & everyone that did not demand his accountability!

    I understand Pelosi, Howard Dean and the DNC are responsible to make sure these matters are properly perfomed? HAs anyone asked them? I also understand a Phil Berg of the Democratic Party advised Mr. Obaqma he was not elligible way back when he first considered entering the race? Then why are there still lawsuits and hush by the Mainstream media? And the Subpoena from Occidental(see below)?

    Mr. Obama can very simply put this to rest as he did the concerns of Rev. Wright. He didn’t get attorny’s to resolve that matters? Is he hiding something?

    A new lawsuit is being prepared by a California attorney who already has four cases pending over the issue of President Barack Obama’s eligibility to occupy to Oval Office, and this one will include a demand from state lawmakers who forward state funds to Washington for documentation of his qualifications.

    Orly Taitz told WND today that she’s preparing the complaint but is holding onto it and will file it shortly to give state legislators a chance to join the action as plaintiffs.

    Four already have signed up, including state Rep. Eric Swafford of Tennessee, who agreed to be a plaintiff “for a Writ of Mandamus to obtain original birth certificate, immigration records, passports and other vital records for Barry Soetero aka Barack Hussein Obama.”

    Taitz told WND the case also probably will include members of the military as plaintiffs, since both state lawmakers and military officers are obliged to follow orders from the president of the United States and both have a need to know those orders are legitimate.

    “In the military, those would be unlawful orders, and [following them] would subject the officers to courts-martial,” she said. “In the legislatures, they cannot follow any of his bills or orders … they don’t know who he is.

    “As far as we know he is a foreign national … Why should state legislators send any funds from the state to a foreign national?” she said.

    “While we are working on the complaint, I’m gathering support from different states,” she said.

    Other sites with information:

  • Anonymous 02/15/2009 5:26am

    by voting on something they haven’t even read allows any and all to put in pork that has nothing at all to do with the bill without scrutiny in as riders and they get passed without awareness. This is the most blatant government irresponsibility and arrogance. How can saving a endangered mouse or refurnishings for a government department help stimulate the economy. Amtrak loses money annually so how can a train to Las Vegas from Los Angeles be viable. Would you go in and sign a blank contract to buy a house or car and then fill in the blanks after the ink was on the bottom of the page!? passing a bill blindly and in such haste is irresponsible and negligent. It is apalling and where is the transparency if know one has time to read and fully understand what is being passed? please go to

  • Anonymous 02/18/2009 6:36am

    I am tired of the Obama’s, Pelosi’s, Reid’s Schumer’s, Kennedy’s, Clinton’s, Biden’s, etc, bringing our country down to ruin.
    I have heard talks of succession. While I do not support that, I believe our Forefathers warned us this day would come, and when it did, it would be a time for the people to stand up and revolt and take this country back.
    I believe that time has come. Our government is trying to take total control over our lives by their liberal and social legislation. And, by doing so, trying to make everyone total dependent upon the government,

    I believe we are now more under the control of the government, and government is taking more of us in the forms of taxing, regulations, interference, etc, than ever before, including before we became independent of the tyrant that controlled us before we became the United States of America.
    Also, I wonder if many have thought about these bailouts. We are bailing out banks,and financial intitutions that use everything at their means to go after people that are late=or behind on their bills. They spare nothing in their collections pursuits. I remeber a passage in the bible about a creditor being put in prison because he did not pay what he owed to the Landlord, and after pleading with the Landlord, the Landlord forgave him his debts. But then he went out to collect what others owed him and would not give those that owed him any relief., And when the Landlord found out he imprisoned the creditor again because he refused to to for those that owed him the same consideratiions the Lsndlord had given him.
    Well, I guarantee you that even though we are biling out these institutions, they are still using the same, and propably even stronger collections methods and total unforgiving policies they have always had.

    What are we doing? Let’s take back outr country. Let’s stand up and say we are not going to just stand by and let our country be ruined, as those in Washington DC and our state capitlas, and local governments are doing now. We want our country back and are dtermined to get it back.
    Let’s stand up with the Rush Limbaugh’s of this world and refuse to be trodden down by our government anymore./


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