WASHINGTON -- Less than a month in office, President Barack Obama has scored a key legislative win. A $787 billion stimulus bill has cleared Congress.
It's hoped the massive package will help stave off the effects of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
It cleared the Senate 60 to 38.
Friday night's winning vote came just before 11 p.m. when Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown voted "aye." The vote had been held open so that Brown could attend his mother's memorial in Ohio. Three Republican moderates sided with Democrats in the Senate. But earlier in the House, Republican opposition was unanimous.
Supporters say the legislation could save or create 3.5 million jobs. But Republicans complain the legislation is weighed down with spending.
The legislation is among the costliest ever considered in Congress. It provides billions of dollars to aid victims of the recession through such things as unemployment benefits, food stamps, medical care and job retraining. It also sends aid to the states, and includes tax cuts, which Democrats say will help 95% of all Americans.
The measure will be signed into law in a few days by the president, who is spending the holiday weekend back in Chicago.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.