Breaking: House passes Obamas (green) stimulus package with nary a GOP vote

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The NYT reports on Obama’s 244-188 win:

Without a single Republican vote, President Obama won House approval on Thursday for an $819 billion economic recovery plan….

As a piece of legislation, the two-year package is among the biggest in history, reflecting a broad view in Congress that urgent fiscal help is needed for an economy in crisis, and at a time when the Federal Reserve has already cut interest rates almost to zero….

All but 11 Democrats voted for the plan and 177 Republicans voted against it.

If the House R’s won’t vote for the only stimulus on the table during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, it’s hard to see how they are going to vote for a serious bill addressing the climate problem, whose existence they don’t even acknowledge and opposition to which they see as a political winner (see The conservative stagnation, Part 12: Cap & trade bill will return GOP to power “in 2010″³).

So be it (see “Q: Does a cap & trade bill have to be bipartisan?“).

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12 Responses to Breaking: House passes Obamas (green) stimulus package with nary a GOP vote

  1. EricG says:

    Time for the GOP to change their name to TLP:

    “The Lemming Party”

  2. My understanding is that the package before the Senate includes tax credits for up 500,000 PHEVs, starting at $2,500, and rising to $7,500 (depending upon the size of the battery).

    Man, it’s great to have this guy in the White House!

    [JR: The bailout bill already gave up to a million PHEVs that size tax credit.]

  3. Russ says:

    So here’s the first objective measure of what all of Obama’s appeasement efforts, chasing this pipe dream of “bipartisanship”, have gotten him – more useless and counterproductive tax cuts given away for literally nothing.

    We’ll see if he’s capable of learning a lesson, or whether his urge toward appeasement comes from something deeper than political tactics, whether it’s actually an indelible character flaw.

  4. Green Car Congress and Edmunds Green Car Advisor are both reporting that this comes from the Senate Finance Committee as amendments to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act — not the bailout bill.

    http://www.greencarcongress.com/2009/01/senate-finance.html#more

    [JR: Read it closely, they want to increase the limit, that's all. Kinda pointless in the stimulus 'cause there ain't no cars to stimulate!]

  5. Chris S says:

    Does anyone know if the alternative bill proposed by the Republicans stripped the “green” measures? Or were they willing to maintain some of those?

  6. Peter Sinclair says:

    watching MSNBC last night I was led to believe that the package only included
    30 billion for infrastructure improvements – which hardly seems like enough to
    make the changes in electrical grid (to name only one example) that we need.

    anyone have any information on the rationale for this?

  7. EricG says:

    Russ:

    You’ve gotta remember that this bill has passed the House, not the Senate. The challenge there is much greater. Republicans can still block the plan entirely. We’re hoping the Senators from Maine will be reasonable, but don’t want to push them so hard that they lose power in their party.

  8. paulm says:

    We shouldn’t have given all those rich bankers our money! We should not be spending bail outs on the traditional consumer paradigm. The spending needs to be on green infrastructure. And its not happening enough!

    Here is Professor Hofstra on the Huff.

    Argues The Economic Wisdom Of A Green Recovery (VIDEO)
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/28/hofstra-professor-argues_n_161540.html

  9. Wasn’t this stimulus package supposed to be about infrastructure and green technology? It looks like a bait and switch by the Democrats now.

    It is a well-known ploy to win public support for a bond measure by promising that the bond money will go for infrastructure, then embezzle the dedicated road money to spend on other things. Since the Republicans won’t get to share any of the loot this time, they voted no.

    At least let’s see what make this different from the first tranche of the bank bailout. Where did that $350 billion go? Who cares?

    Once we max out the national credit card with pork projects, welfare, and state and city bailouts, that will leave no debt capacity to deal with green efforts later on. There are 650 pages to this bill, suggesting that few read the whole thing before voting on it. Looks like the Mother of all Earmarks.

  10. Ross Hunter says:

    @ Wilmot McCutchen I don’t think it ever said it was about anything except the economy. The unspoken fear running through all this is that it takes a feat of sheer user confidence to run this massively over-leveraged economy we have. If it falls all the way to fundamentals – and it’s barely begun this fall yet – then it will be a terrible time for everybody. If smoke and mirrors can restore confidence, then at least we have something we can work with to change into sustainability.

    this whole thing is about politics now. Climate recovery is never going to happen without understanding and influencing this key part of the process.

    @ Russ I’m an optimist but I don’t believe it’s a character flaw, I believe it’s Obama’s way of bringing bi-partisanship to the national debate table without being on the wrong end of it – count on the republicans to do the heavy lifting for him there.

  11. David B. Benson says:

    Bipartisanship is an oxymoron.

  12. Tim Albinson says:

    One step at a time. This stimulus package still has to get through the Senate. After that, we may be surprised. Perhaps the new green jobs created will improve everyone’s appetite for more broad-based climate legislation?