Friday, February 13, 2009

Will Republicans cooperate with Barack Obama?

The House of Representatives passed the economic stimulus bill today but no Republicans crossed over to support President Barack Obama's plan.

Indeed, seven Democrats voted against the party's leader's package to create new jobs and stimulate the economy. Also today, Obama's new pick as commerce secretary, Judd Gregg, withdrew his nomination.

The Senate is voting on the bill now, but Obama is expected only to garner a few Republican votes.

Bipartisan cooperation may be more difficult than the president expected.

One always has to look at the political situation when analyzing what is going on in Washington. Obama might have a hard time finding Republican friends prior to the 2010 congressional elections. The idea goes is that they will try to draw clear lines between Republicans and the president. Of course, if things do not go well in 2010 for the GOP, then they might be more willing to cooperate with the administration.

US Senate Begins Voting on Obama’s $787 Billion Stimulus Plan
Bloomberg - 1 hour ago
By Brian Faler Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The Senate began voting on President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus plan hours after the House, with no Republican votes, passed the package designed to help revive the US economy.
House passes $787B stimulus
Stimulus Aims to Pump Life Into US Economy Voice of America

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