The Hill reports that Senator Reid has two Republicans voting for the stimulus which means passage of the $900 billion boondoggle.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Thursday that he has enough votes to pass a more than $900 billion stimulus bill out of the Senate.
Reid said he believes at least two Republicans of "good will" would support the Democratic-crafted package.
"Do we have the votes? I believe we do," said Reid, who expects a final vote on the package will be held on Thursday.
It appears the stimulus would attract only a few GOP votes, however, and Senate Democratic leaders distanced themselves from earlier hopes that the economic recovery could draw more Republican support.
Michelle Malkin has been told that these are the four wobbliest Republicans. Call them and tell them to vote against the bill. We are at the precipice. We must push back. Melt the phones!
Collins (202) 224-2523
Snowe (202) 224-5344
Voinovich (202) 224-3353
Specter (202) 224-4254
Light up these senators' phones and tell them to get a spine and vote NO. It's irresponsible to vote for this bill.
Lorie adds: This comment was just forwarded to me via email:
I've been calling Senator Specter's office (PA) asking him NOT to support the stimulus bill. They told me today that he is planning to support the bill "provided that the programs in the bill will do more to stimulate the economy". What a cop-out! I explained to the staff member on the phone that since the vast majority of programs to receive funding in this massive funding bill DO NOT stimulate the economy, his answer *should* be that he will NOT support this bill. Please people, continue to call Senator Specter in Pennsylvania and urge him not to support the bill! (202) 224-4254.
Update: A reader emails:
The only things that Obama & Pelosi intend to stimulate thru the "stimulus" package are the re-election of Obama and the election of additional Democrats to Congress.
- That's why nearly all the 2009 stimulants are political payoffs/paybacks.
- That's why most of the economic stimulants are deferred & missing from 2009; let it tank...it's still close enough to 2000-08 that they can "blame George Bush"
- That's why the timing for most economic stimulants is set for 2010-2012.
Why would any Republican Senator go along with this?