Friday, February 13, 2009

House passes $787 billion economic stimulus bill

The U.S. House of Representatives earlier this afternoon approved a $787 billion economic stimulus bill by a 246-183 vote.

While a final Senate vote is expected to come as early as tonight, it is interesting to note that, once again, no House Republicans voted in favor of the bill and seven Democrats voted against it. In the Senate, at least three Republicans will have to vote for the stimulus bill for it to pass.

And that will prove especially difficult given that, according to published reports, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., will not be present for the final vote and will instead be in Florida as he continues his recovery from brain cancer.

The House and Senate originally passed different versions of the bill; the House passing an $820 billion stimulus package last month, the Senate passing an $838 billion version on Tuesday. The votes Friday are on the $787 billion compromise version of the measure agreed to by a conference committee of both houses.

The stimulus package, if it is approved this weekend, will land on President Barack Obama's desk by Presidents Day on Monday, as he had requested.

Keep checking this blog as news develops on the stimulus package. We will be watching the Senate vote tonight and will post again once the vote has been tallied.

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