Senate approves stimulus plan, Klobuchar votes 'yes'
Photo courtesy of AmyKlobuchar.com
No big deal: The U.S. Senate just passed a monster stimulus (aka spending) package today for a grand total of $838 billion. Talk about a shopping spree.
The Senate approved their version of the bill almost entirely along party lines with a 61-37 vote. The bill passed with three Republicans joining 56 Democrats and two independents in favor.
Congressional leaders said they would immediately begin to work out the differences between the Senate measure and an $820 billion version passed by the House, with President Obama also likely to have a strong voice in the talks.
The timetable for the House-Senate negotiations remained indefinite, however. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader, said he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "think we can get a lot of work done in the first 24 hours."
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