President Obama's economic stimulus plan cleared its first hurdle, but it was hardly the bipartisan victory he hoped for — not a single House Republican broke ranks to support it.
In fact, 11 Democrats also voted against the $819 billion package.
But a win is a win, and so the White House strategy is to take the long view: Maybe the Senate will take out more of the controversial pork projects and tweak the tax cuts to win over more Republicans.
The full Senate will vote on its version next week. Should the Senate and House pass different versions, the two bills would have to be conferenced together. Then both chambers would have to vote on the new conference version in the coming weeks.
"I do think it is so important that we slow this bill down in order to do it right," said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.
Senate GOP sources report that there is a "real split" in the GOP caucus about the best way to proceed in the wake of Wednesday's vote in the House.
In case you're dying to read through the 647-page text of the Stimulus Bill that passed in the House yesterday, we thought we'd give you easy access. Click here to wade through the details.
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