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?“).