House To Vote On Obama's Economic Stimulus Plan

President Barack Obama's expansive and expensive plan to jump-start the economy is all but certain to clear its first hurdle when the Democratic-controlled House votes on a $825 billion version that melds new spending and tax cuts.

Republican support, however, is in doubt when voting takes place Wednesday.

With Democrats enjoying a comfortable majority and expected to fall in line behind Obama, they don't need help from GOP lawmakers to win House passage of his top priority of economic recovery. But Obama wants Republican support to illustrate his promise of a new style of politics that rejects partisan gridlock.

Despite his desire for partisan backing, the House was moving the bill toward a passage vote that was expected to be largely along party lines.

Senate committees were working on a separate version of the measure that enjoyed only slightly more support from Republicans. Congressional leaders have promised Obama they would send him the measure, which could be the single largest bill ever to go through Congress, by mid-February.

In the hours ahead of the House vote, Obama was to make his case for swift passage after meeting at the White House with a group of business CEOs to discuss the plan — just as debate on the measure is in full swing up Pennsylvania Avenue.

The president's first days in office have been dominated by his efforts to drum up bipartisan support for the sweeping plan to jerk the country out of the year-old recession that he inherited from former President George W. Bush. The increasingly troublesome economy — and the federal government's response to it — is the first major test of Obama's presidency; how he handles the volatile situation, and the effect of his stimulus package on the economy, could well set the tone for his first year in office, if not his entire term.

He is casting the measure as the first step toward turning around the moribund economy while laying the foundation for long-term objectives, like developing alternative energy sources and rebuilding the country's highways.

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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    Obama Snake Oil; No money to save the Nauga? That is just wrong. Someone should alert PETA, they will definitely have something to say about this. I will send them an email.:)
  • by To Lavon Location: Greenville on Jan 28, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    Lavon - You talk about Bush?!? I thought B.O. was going to bring CHANGE?!? 30% of this package are ear marks which he said he would never let happen. Dem. Congress, Dem Senate and Dem Pres. We are all in TROUBLE now. There are no checks and balances .....GET IT!?!?!?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    People are out of control.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    the billions that bush spend has kept your butt SAFE!! now obama want to let all the bad guys loose so they can go home and start all over again , it is going to be a long 4 years !! but only 4 YEARS !!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    12 cents of every dollar will be spend on the package ,the rest is pork, FDR did this in 1931 ,it failed !! japan did it nine times it failed in the 90 's, things take time to recover ,spending billions will not help ,only TIME
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Jan 28, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    The "give away package" will cost 1.4 TRILLION before it is over. We will become a protectionist country, and economic growth will be slow. All this is for people spending money they didn't have, on things they didn't need, to impress those they don't like. Until people change their behavior nothing will help.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:36 AM
    VBush, I am reminded that there is no money in the barrel for "Saving the Naugas". Yes, the Naugas are a small burly creature that lives in the swamp with the bever. With all the demand on Naugahyde, seems the species is in danger now. So where is the money to protect them from hunters and trappers? Even with all the pork, nothing has be set aside for the Nauga. I fear they will be extinct unless something is done now. I am sure that a bipartisan group could bring some relief to saving this animal but they are too worried about making abortion free in other countries.
  • by Lavon Location: Kinston on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    Don't complain about spending now, you sit back and watched Bush waste billions of dollars of your tax money and said nothing so why say something now? It never bothered you before
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    Update: 20 million figure is wrong. It was 200 million. What's in a zero when your planting grass? But is has still been removed.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 28, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    I can't wait to see all the pork in this bill. The Democrats tried to put 20 million dollars in to re-seed the lawn on the mall because it was trampled during the inauguration. Apparently they were 'shamed' out of it and it has been removed. 20 million to plant grass? Hooey! The so called 'stimulus' package is going to be an abysmal prostitution of tax payer's money. Change? I think not.
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