$787 billion stimulus approved
WASHINGTON ” In a major victory for President Barack Obama, Democrats muscled a huge, $787 billion stimulus bill through Congress late Friday night in hopes of combating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous.
After lobbying energetically for the bill, Obama is expected to sign it within a few days, less than a month after taking office.
The Senate approved the measure 60-38 with three GOP moderates providing crucial support ” the only members of their party to back it. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio cast the decisive vote after flying aboard a government plane from Ohio, where he was mourning his mother’s death.
Hours earlier, the House vote was 246-183, with all Republicans opposed to the package of tax cuts and federal spending that Obama has made the centerpiece of his plan for economic recovery.
Money for Nevada
in the stimulus bill
Here’s a look at some of the money Nevada would get from the final version of the $787 billion economic stimulus plan passing Congress on Friday. These numbers were compiled by House and Senate Democratic aides, and by governors’ and legislatures’ groups. The state’s overall take from the bill is expected to be nearly $1.5 billion.
– FMAP-Medicaid: $450 million.
– State stabilization funds: $315 million.
– Education: $323 million.
– Highways and bridges: $201 million
– Transit capital: $49 million
– Water quality projects, including wastewater: $20 million
– Labor department grants for dislocated workers: $14 million
– Labor department youth grants: $7.6 million
– Education department vocational rehabilitation: $3 million
– Special education money: $67 million
– Energy efficiency and renewable energy programs: $30 million.