House OKs $819B stimulus bill with GOP opposition (AP)

President Barack Obama is pictured alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner during a meeting with bipartisan congressional leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, January 23, 2009. (Jason Reed/Reuters)AP – In a swift victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approved a historically huge $819 billion stimulus bill Wednesday night with spending increases and tax cuts at the heart of the young administration’s plan to revive a badly ailing economy. The vote was 244-188, with Republicans unanimous in opposition despite Obama’s frequent pleas for bipartisan support.


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