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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: House passes economic stimulus bill, no thanks to Republicans

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

The House of Representatives passed an $819 billion economic stimulus
bill today by a vote of 244-188. Here is the roll call. Iowa Democrats
Bruce Braley (IA-01), Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Leonard Boswell
(IA-03) all voted with the majority. Republicans unanimously opposed
the bill, including Tom Latham (IA-04) and Steve King (IA-05), and 11
"Blue Dog" Democrats also voted no. All the news reports have
emphasized that not a single Republican voted for this package, even
though President Barack Obama tried hard (too hard if you ask me) to
bring them on board. It reminds me of 1993, when Congressional
Republicans unanimously opposed President Bill Clinton's first budget.
The GOP seems to be banking on running against Democrats' management
of the economy in the midterm elections.


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