Thursday, January 29, 2009

Stimulus Debate Moves to Senate After Passing in House With No GOP Support

The House passed the $819 billion stimulus bill yesterday, but the weeks of attempts to get bipartisan support behind the package failed. Not a single Republican voted in favor.

The bill passed by a vote of 244 to 188, with 11 Democrats crossing the aisle to oppose the bill. The GOP's firm opposition comes as a disappointment for the new administration, which had emphasized the importance of bipartisanship in the process. President Obama himself held a closed-door meeting with Republican legislators on Tuesday to try to win their backing.

As Rush Limbaugh pointed out, the bipartisan side of the vote was "No" -- both Democrats and Republicans voted against the bill, only Democrats voted for it.

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