Final stimulus vote in Senate imminent; Update: 57 yeses, three Dems still to vote

posted at 5:10 pm on February 13, 2009 by Allahpundit

The bomb’s set to drop at 5:30 p.m. 60 votes or bust, right? Wrong: Sherrod Brown’s in Ohio for his mother’s funeral and will be flying in later, which is why Reid’s planning to hold the vote open for hours after it’s done. If they get to 59 at 5:30, Brown will make it official tonight; if, in a surprise show of backbone, one of the centrists defects and they land at 58, presumably there’ll be a mad scramble to fly Teddy in from Florida. He’s scheduled to miss the vote — for now.

While we wait, here’s ProPublica’s line-by-line breakdown of what’s in the bill. Or, if you want just the dirty bits, try this. Live coverage is online at C-SPAN2, as usual.

Update: Because the vote’s being held open for Brown, we’re not going to get a final tally for hours yet. But Collins, Specter, and Snowe have all voted yes, and needless to say, no Democrat’s going to torpedo The One’s moment by switching. The deed is done.

Update: As of 6:20 p.m., there are 57 yes votes in the books with Bayh, Gillibrand, and of course Brown yet to show and add theirs. Done deal.


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The Dems are going to own this wholesale. Let the chips fall where they may in ’10.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 13, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Collins and Snowe are ayes. It’s over. With an open vote, they can get the 60 they need with Brown and Kennedy (if Arlen changes sides. which he won’t)

Trent1289 on February 13, 2009 at 5:47 PM

%^&%!

darii on February 13, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Mr. Grassley… No.

Grass-e-a*s!

WashJeff on February 13, 2009 at 5:48 PM

So long, America. It was nice knowing you…

ladyingray on February 13, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Why doesn’t Teddy just have someone take the test vote for him?

bloggless on February 13, 2009 at 5:48 PM

I wonder if they have any idea what they’re unleashing as they wander around the Senate floor.

The calm before the storm.

turfmann on February 13, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Is this the final vote? I thought this was a motion vote that McCain proposed?

azcop on February 13, 2009 at 5:49 PM

no e-verify ….. jobs to non-Americans even …. CHANGE!

ex-Democrat on February 13, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Is Senator Kohl a founder of Kohl’s?

Is in time to shop at JCPenny?

WashJeff on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Sphincter is aye

aquaviva on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Specter votes “yes”

Weight of Glory on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Spectre – aye. Game over. asshole

Trent1289 on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Nope, this is it. The end of America.

califcon on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Specter is an aye damnit to hell!

tee866 on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Specter-aye

Les in NC on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

How long will Harry keep the vote open? It might give Collins and Snowe(job) a chance to “change” (we could believe in) their vote.

If they don’t, what does Dingy Harry have on the senators from Maine? Unpaid taxes?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Specter = Aye

That’s it. We’re done.

IrishEi on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Mr. Specter – Aye.

Great.

emailnuevo on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Let the chips fall where they may in ‘10.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 13, 2009 at 5:48 PM

10 won’t matter too much.

None of this will be reversed.

None of it.

And there is a LOT more to follow.

artist on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

It’s over. In so many ways.

Weight of Glory on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

The Dems are going to own this wholesale. Let the chips fall where they may in ‘10.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 13, 2009 at 5:48 PM

The US will have to be extremely lucky to even make it to 2010. The Dems are out to destroy this nation and they have the power to do it. Their bloodlust to kill us knows no bounds.

progressoverpeace on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Specter Yes.

Damn.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Specter voted “aye.”

What’s the payoff from Osama Obama?

MrScribbler on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

azcop on February 13, 2009 at 5:49 PM

So did I. But CPAN2 has a banner saying this is the final Senate vote.

ladyingray on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Specter and Collins both voted yes

JonPrichard on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

And the DOW continues to fall.

Nice knowing you folks.

Bishop on February 13, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Specter is done in 2010.

artist on February 13, 2009 at 5:51 PM

a capella on February 13, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Stop by your library and get a copy of Van Creveld’s THE TRANSFORMATION OF WAR. The whole book is worth reading, as Van Creveld’s one of the most important (which isn’t to say perfect or inerrant) military theorists and historians since Clausewitz, but, if the whole thing isn’t your ball of wax, just read the last chapters on the future of war, paying special attention to the sections on the US. The book was written in 1989, and Van Creveld like a several speculative historians extrapolated from the downturn without anticipating the full collapse of the Soviet Union and the roaring ’90s. But his overall prognosis for the US, presuming unsalvageable economic and political decline, isn’t too far from your banker’s.

CK MacLeod on February 13, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Calling Mr. Steele. You are needed immediately.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 13, 2009 at 5:51 PM

no e-verify ….. jobs to non-Americans even …. CHANGE!

ex-Democrat on February 13, 2009 at 5:49 PM

That’s been dropped and added so many times, I doubt any of the Three Amigos could tell us.

You’d think these turds would say no based on the qualitative crap that’s getting dropped in this bill.

BuckeyeSam on February 13, 2009 at 5:51 PM

I truly believe that Democrats have sworn an oath to destroy the America that we know and love……So, my vote is they are worse then the terrorist.

azcop on February 13, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Personally I reckon they just made an oath to try and turn America into France.

Dreadnought223 on February 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Oh dear Lord. Now, what? We seem to have NO VOICE in our Government!

labwrs on February 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Steele’s on Glenn Beck. Maybe you should try him at the Fox studios.

CK MacLeod on February 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Someone needs to dump tea in Boston Harbor tonight.

That rumble you hear are all the Great American Leaders of the past rolling over in their graves.

I hope Obama kisses Pelosi square on the lips over this.

Ewww. Now I have throw-up in my mouth.

kingsjester on February 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Steele is on Glenn Beck now.

Brat4life on February 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM

We now have an official list of names for America’s enemies.

carbon_footprint on February 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Specter, Snowe and Collins- Aye

That does it. Now all that’s left is to see if we need additional nooses.

Happy Friday the 13th, comrades! Welcome to the USSA.

Damiano on February 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Specter better hope his cancer does not show up again. The FCCCCR board may say he is not cost effective to treat him.

WashJeff on February 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Well, let us remember that a near majority of the Republicans voted NO. We need to set our sights on the next move. Whatever it is.

darii on February 13, 2009 at 5:53 PM

I hope Obama kisses Pelosi square on the lips over this.

Ewww. Now I have throw-up in my mouth.

kingsjester on February 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM

I just did. Thanks.

ladyingray on February 13, 2009 at 5:53 PM

There is no going back from this. We’ve passed the point of no return.

World B. Free on February 13, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Now we get to find out what was REALLY in that bill.

Amnesty? 2nd amendment restrictions? What?

Go**am IT!

Bishop on February 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Voting stays open till 9 or so they said earlier.

tee866 on February 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Someone needs to dump tea in Boston Harbor tonight.

…….

Yup

artist on February 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM

We’re screwed.

t.ferg on February 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Goodbye United States.

What patriotic people needed 233 years and untold lives to build, has been destroyed in a short time by a spineless, spendthrift Republican president followed by a communist “affirmative-action” president with a cadre of traitorous greedheads doing his bidding.

It was nice while it lasted.

MrScribbler on February 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM

I swear not another dime to the GOP for the traitors if they are allowed to stay. No words can express my anger and disappointment at this crap.

canditaylor68 on February 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Specter, you traitorous pig. You stink.

J.J. Sefton on February 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM

We need to set our sights on the next move. Whatever it is.

darii on February 13, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Getting the SCOTUS to hear an ineligibility case and rule that this multi-citizen, America-hater in the White House is a usurper who must be removed and everything he signed rendered null and void.

progressoverpeace on February 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Well, out of the entire US Congress only three Republicans voted for the worst legislation ever to come into the American political sphere. I have no idea where our country has gone but I hope we can find the fortitude to find it again.

JonPrichard on February 13, 2009 at 5:55 PM

There is no going back from this. We’ve passed the point of no return.

World B. Free on February 13, 2009

Yup.

Irreversible.

All of it.

With more to follow.

artist on February 13, 2009 at 5:55 PM

OMG… I just wanna curl up in a ball and cry right now.

upinak on February 13, 2009 at 5:55 PM

It was actually all over on November 4, 2008…this is just the first blanket of fallout…if I can use that term.

AUINSC on February 13, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Last time we colonist had no voice in our government, there was a big party.

PappaMac on February 13, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Anyone organizing anything yet? Something needs to be done.

RightWinged on February 13, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Sometime next week, maybe Tapper will ask Gibbs, “Hey, by the way, who’s paying for this sh*t?”

BuckeyeSam on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

We now have an official list of names for America’s enemies.
carbon_footprint on February 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM

The bummer is, our names will be on it.

You really think the fish-heads libs are going to stop here? They just bulldozed the entire nation and are going to be feeling big, this is just the beginning.

Bishop on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Collins, Specter, and Snowe have all voted yes…

Tools.

juanito on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

upinak on February 13, 2009

I feel your pain.

canditaylor68 on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

progressoverpeace on February 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Don’t think that’s gonna happen.

On an unrelated note, anybody know of any good non-socialist English speaking countries?

darii on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Specter, Snowe and Collins- Aye

Bastards.

tree hugging sister on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Well, America after the Civil War was a very different place than it had been before, but it was still America. Better in some ways (no more slavery), worse in others (economic punishment of the Southern states), but still America.

Russians could throw off Communism even after many generations of having it beaten into them. We can throw this off, too.

Mary in LA on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Anyone organizing anything yet? Something needs to be done.

RightWinged on February 13, 2009 at 5:55 PM

The State Govt are! The resolution of sovereignity that began in NH is mushrooming!

labwrs on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

The death of our economy falls on the shoulders of the three traitors.

Enoxo on February 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Well. I wonder what fresh hell awaits us on Monday morning.

anniekc on February 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

upinak on February 13, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Don’t do it, sweetie. These horse’s rears aren’t worth it. Besides that, your tears would freeze up there.

kingsjester on February 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Next target for this administration and congress: Fairness Doctrine

carbon_footprint on February 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Bishop on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

No doubt.

progressoverpeace on February 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Get rid of those three worthless, Marxist jackasses.

rplat on February 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Next target for this administration and congress: Fairness Doctrine

carbon_footprint on February 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Sorry I asked

anniekc on February 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Another Boston Tea Party would be great. Protest the vote and piss-off the environmentalists.

WashJeff on February 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Next target for this administration and congress: Fairness Doctrine

carbon_footprint on February 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Sorry I asked

anniekc on February 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

And that will be the tipping point, I pray.

carbon_footprint on February 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Braking news: A giant fork has struck America.

the_nile on February 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Did anyone else just hear the NH Rep on Glenn Beck say that HR 45 (Holt Gun Registration Bill) was “folded into” the stimulus bill?

dugan on February 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

On an unrelated note, anybody know of any good non-socialist English speaking countries?

darii on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

New Zealand is all that comes to mind.

emailnuevo on February 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

In the words of the Chief of Staff… no crisis should be left unused…

This singles Obama will be a one term idiot.

Enoxo on February 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Anyone organizing anything yet? Something needs to be done.

RightWinged on February 13, 2009 at 5:55 PM

The State Govt are! The resolution of sovereignity that began in NH is mushrooming!

labwrs on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

20 states, if what I read on WND a few days ago is correct.

califcon on February 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Erf. Signals.

Enoxo on February 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Is Senator Kohl a founder of Kohl’s?

Is in time to shop at JCPenny?

WashJeff on February 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Yes, and do you know if JCPenny’s politics are any better?

thuja on February 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

I must admit, this Boston Tea Party idea has merit.

World B. Free on February 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Well, let us remember that a near majority of the Republicans voted NO. We need to set our sights on the next move. Whatever it is.

darii on February 13, 2009 at 5:53 PM

At this point it seems like there is no next more. For another 2 years, especially if Franken wins, Republicans can form a near unanimous block and lose every time. Most votes won’t even require 60, so they’ll breeze through. Very disheartening.
By 2010, socialized medicine and other nightmares will be baked into the cake. Think of medicare or social security. We’ll never get rid of it.

Trent1289 on February 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Now I know how the original patriots felt about the British and the Tories.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on February 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

20 states, if what I read on WND a few days ago is correct.

califcon on February 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Could you post a link, I didn’t hear about that.

darii on February 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

The State Govt are! The resolution of sovereignity that began in NH is mushrooming!

labwrs on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Interesting, I hadn’t even heard about this until now. And NH isn’t even a 2 hour drive away!

RightWinged on February 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

So long, America. It was nice knowing you…

America is not finished yet.

Socialism is marketed as a seductive temptress. Who wouldn’t be tempted by the prospect of having everything you could ever want or need without having to work for it? At some point, the people will begin to realize that socialism is nothing more than a cheap whore.

eaglescout1998 on February 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM

And that, is how liberty dies.

juanito on February 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Collins, Specter, and Snowe have all voted yes

Sickening. Now can we throw them out?

darwin on February 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Next target for this administration and congress: Fairness Doctrine

carbon_footprint on February 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Senate hearings with Limbaugh, Hannity, Ingraham, Malkin, and Levin! That’s a show I’ll pay to see!

Oldnuke on February 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Why is Bret Bair saying the senate voting is just about to begin?

anniekc on February 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Don’t think that’s gonna happen [SCOTUS hearing eligibility case].

darii on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

When the Dow hits 5000 it might.

progressoverpeace on February 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM

I always wondered what it would be like to live in a third world country…now we can save the air fare and find out.

AUINSC on February 13, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Did anyone else just hear the NH Rep on Glenn Beck say that HR 45 (Holt Gun Registration Bill) was “folded into” the stimulus bill?
dugan on February 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Aw SHIT. No no no no no no no no.

Bishop on February 13, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Specter, Snowe and Collins- Aye

Bastards.

tree hugging sister on February 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM

I prefer the more liberating Rat Bastards.

juanito on February 13, 2009 at 6:01 PM

My great, great grandchild will now have someone to thank for their new debt.

jlemieu1 on February 13, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Yes, and do you know if JCPenny’s politics are any better?

thuja on February 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Can it be worse the Kohl’s?

WashJeff on February 13, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Well kids, that’s it.

I seem to have a great life – I’m 27 years old, just got married, and have a great job – but I simply cannot take watching my entire future go down the tube. It hurts too badly and scares me far more than I can handle.

I don’t know what else to do. I just don’t know what else to do.

flyawaybird on February 13, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Collins, Specter, and Snowe have all voted yes

These three better watch their back. They might end up with breathing difficulties if you know what I mean? Now getta out of here – I got plans to make.

izoneguy on February 13, 2009 at 6:01 PM

At some point, the people will begin to realize that socialism is nothing more than a cheap whore.

eaglescout1998 on February 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM

When that happens it’s too late.

darwin on February 13, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Here you go. It’s from last Friday, I don’t know if there’s anything more recent.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88218

califcon on February 13, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Someone needs to dump tea in Boston Harbor tonight.

…….

Yup

artist on February 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM

I plan to dump some tea in the Potomac tonight. I’ll pitch it off the 14th street bridge. Maybe even take a couple pictures.

t.ferg on February 13, 2009 at 6:02 PM

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