Tuesday, February 10: Republican Motion to Instruct H.R. 1 (Economic Stimulus Package)

I want to keep you up to speed on what’s happening with the Economic “Stimulus” Package that’s in the spotlight this week here in Congress. A couple of weeks ago, the U.S House passed H.R. 1 by a vote of 244-188.

Today, the U.S. Senate passed their version of the bill 61-37.  Next, a Conference Committee will meet to negotiate the two versions and hammer out a final bill (conference report) that will again have to be put up to a vote.

As part of the process, the Republicans have put forth a Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 1 that instructs House conferees to withhold final approval of the conference report until the text has been made available to the public for 48 hours in an electronic, searchable, and downloadable form.

In other words, before the Committee approves the negotiated report and it’s sent to Congress for final passage, the Republicans would like it to be put to the public for their viewing. The American people deserve to know what’s going on with their hard-earned money and express their opinion on the final report. This shouldn’t be rushed through in the cover of night, and it’s the view of the Republicans that any and all House and Senate negotiations should be held in an open and public forum. President Obama and Speaker Pelosi have promised to run the most open and transparent government in history. The Republicans are trying to do just that.

PASSED 403-0

Published in: on February 10, 2009 at 8:33 pm  Comments (8)  

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  1. Will the 3 republicans that voted for the Stimulus(spending) bill be allow to read the changes to it before they vote again? Sure its going to have many changes!

  2. The differences between the Senate’s version and the House’s version of the Economic Stimulus Package are different; personally I’d like to see the House’s version approved for the President’s signature.


  3. Goodtimepolitics, the 3 Senators will see the changes before they vote again.

  4. Thank you for this website and the service it is providing the American people. I just want to ask everyone to be praying for our leaders to make the right decision in regard to the stimulus bill and that eyes will be opened to the possible disaster that awaits our country if this bill passes.

  5. So, 48 hours of public viewing before the House votes on it, then the Senate votes on it. Assuming it moves through the House and Senate quickly, when is it likely to be enacted?

    I seem to recall that the administration was pushing for a signing on the 16th, is that a possibility if there are no new major debates?

    • At this time, we still don’t know if the final bill (conference report) will be on the House floor for a vote today. We hear that they are still hammering out some details. It the House votes on it today and the Senate votes on it soon after that, then it’s very possible it could be on President Obama’s desk by the 16th.

  6. Hmmm…Seems to me that promises of full disclosure and transparency were only to apply on issues not deemed important by the Dems! Rushing a spending bill of this magnitude is simply wrong. Why wasn’t te US public allowed the 48 hours promised to review and make comment to their reps? What all is hidden in this bill that might have caused the public to balk at passing it?

  7. Well we see that a 48 hour viewing of the bill before it passed never happened and we also see that none of the senators read it before they passed it. I just love how they handle our money. I know who gets my vote the next time around

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