Friday, February 13, 2009

Just in from Washington

Senate Passes Stimulus Bill
Washington--The U.S. Senate passed the $787 billion stimulus package of spending and tax cuts aimed at rescuing the struggling economy. The vote came just hours after the House approved the measure.

Fifty-nine senators cast votes in favor of the bill, with 38 opposed. The majority needed 60 votes, Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown cast the deciding vote after returning early Saturday morning from his mothers funeral back in Ohio.

Earlier House Democrats voted in mass to push one of the largest spending bills in U.S. history by a vote of 246-183 and handed President Barack Obama his first major political victory.

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