Stimulus Pass

by Brien Jackson

The House just passed the stimulus package 244-178. 12 Democrats joined every single Republican in voting no.

Politically speaking, I think Republicans just got rolled like they haven’t been rolled in decades. On the one hand, their unanimity provides a chance to remind everyone that, especially in the House, they don’t matter. After all, the bill passed by 56 votes without support from any of them. On the other hand, Democrats have an opening to use their opposition against them. After all, Obama himself lobbied House Democrats to give Republicans what they wanted on their specific spending objections, and they still refused to vote for the bill. Don’t be surprised to see the contraceptive measure and the mall renovation back in the package after the conference committee, or coming back up later in the year, as well as lots of reminders from the White House about Republicans didn’t live up to their end of the bargain.