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Senate passes $838 billion stimulus

February 10th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Democratic leaders vow to deliver legislation to president within days

President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan has passed the Senate and is on its way to difficult House-Senate negotiations.

Just three Republicans helped pass the plan on a 61-37 vote and they’re already signaling they’ll play hardball to preserve more than $108 billion in spending cuts made last week in Senate dealmaking. Obama wants to restore cuts in funds for school construction jobs and help for cash-starved states.

Those cuts are among the major differences between the $819 billion House version of Obama’s plan and a Senate bill costing $838 billion. Obama has warned of a deepening economic crisis if Congress fails to act. He wants a bill completed by the weekend.

The bill backed by the White House survived a key test vote in the Senate Monday despite strong Republican opposition, and Democratic leaders vowed to deliver legislation for President Barack Obama’s signature within a few days.

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Senate passes $838 billion stimulus

Any so-called Republican, let me repeat that, ANY SO-CALLED REPUBLICAN that voted FOR this bill needs to be removed from office and forced to change their political affiliation. They are NOT Republicans, they are nothing more than RINOs, Republicans In Name Only! RINO Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania broke ranks to cast their votes to advance the bill. To the people of Maine and Pennsylvania I say this, they are YOUR Senators, it is up to YOU to do something about that. I would suggest forcing them join the ranks of the unemployed as soon as is possible.

We had a few doubts at times as to whether our Senators from Texas were going to hold ranks and vote against this travesty, I am proud to say they have done so.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX): “At a time when American families and businesses are facing economic hardship, any ‘stimulus’ should target job creation and keeping people in their homes. This 778 page legislation that we’re looking at would cost the American people about $1 billion per page. And it’s wrongly focused on spending programs that will not effectively create jobs. I believe that the best way to jumpstart our economy is through targeted tax cuts that quickly put money back in the hands of America’s families and small businesses. These tax cuts should work in concert with a limited spending program that emphasizes projects our government is going to do anyway, moving forward military construction, infrastructure and transportation improvements which will spur job growth for Americans and for Texans in our own communities. If we could come together to do this, I think we could make this country turn around and start going in the right direction. It would be a bipartisan effort rather than what we are looking at, which is a job that I think was not put together in a bipartisan way but instead was a bill that was put on the floor with no ability to amend it with any kind of strategy or focus. I hope we can do better. The people of American certainly deserve it.�


Hutchison said it pretty well I believe. The Dems have a majority now, they are using that majority, and the traitors of the Republican party, to push through ANY bill that they feel is going to be good for their *pork filled* wallets!

If it’s not already too late, Americans may want to rethink this Democrat/Republican thing. Some of us have been preaching as hard as we can concerning the need of a NEW political party, a REAL and CONSERVATIVE party. A party that is strictly an America 1st party in ALL aspects of government and patriotism. The Democrats as a whole, and a lot of Republicans as well, have completely lost sight and ALL understanding of what it means to be a CONSERVATIVE. If this nation doesn’t return to true Conservatism, and soon, it will be too late and America will lie in ruin.

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