WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has pushed through a massive
economic stimulus package.
The approval is a big victory for President Barack Obama.
The vote for the $819 billion program was 244-188. No Republican
voted for the package despite direct appeals for bipartisanship by
the president. They insist on more tax cuts and less spending.
After the vote, Obama issued a statement saying the plan will
save or create more than three million jobs over the next few
years. He also welcomed congressional leaders of both parties to
the White House for drinks and more lobbying.
The vote sent the bill to the Senate. Debate could begin there
as soon as Monday on companion legislation.
Democrats have promised to have recovery legislation ready for
Obama's signature by mid-February.
Highlights of Kentucky's portion of a proposed $816 billion
economic recovery plan that the House approved on Wednesday.
How the delegation voted:
Democrats - Chandler, Y; Yarmuth, Y.
Republicans - Davis, N; Guthrie, N; Rogers, N; Whitfield, N.
Breakdown of Kentucky portion:
State budget aid - $861.8 million
Highways and bridges - $457.3 million
Mass transit -$43.4 million
Wastewater treatment and sewers - $73.9 million
Low-income energy assistance - $13.3 million
School modernizaton and renovation - $286.6 million
Head Start - $11.9 million*
Education technology grants - $15 million*
* Includes both fiscal years 2009 and 2010
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