Tuesday, January 29, 2008

You want bipartisanship? You got it

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 385-35 Tuesday to approve the $146 billion economic stimulus package.

This might have been the closest thing to a unanimous bipartisan vote since the U.S. Congress voted to declare war on Japan after Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Another name for the economic stimulus plan might be the "Incumbent Protection Act of 2008" As the U.S. heads into (or already is) in a recession, who in Congress is going to vote against "free money" for nearly everyone?

The Associated Press reports that 216 Democrats and 169 Republicans supported the tax rebate program. Voting no were 10 Democrats and 25 Republicans.

Here's how the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation voted:

Democrats — Altmire, Y; Brady, Y; Carney, Y; Doyle, Y; Fattah, Y; Holden, Y; Kanjorski, Y; Murphy, Patrick, Y; Murtha, Y; Schwartz, Y; Sestak, Y.

Republicans — Dent, Y; English, Y; Gerlach, Y; Murphy, Tim, Y; Peterson, Y; Pitts, Y; Platts, Y; Shuster, Y.

If only the rest of the issues before Congress could be resolved so easily.

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