The $146 billion economic "stimulus" bill passed the US House of Representatives earlier today 385-35. The only NC Congressman to vote against it was Rep. Howard Coble (R) who had concerns about the impact of the bill on the deficit (and rightly so).
The bill now heads to the Senate where it will be interesting to see if the Senators attempt to change it despite threats of a Presidential veto.
Keep an eye on NC Sens. Dole and Burr on the proposed amendments and see if they hold with the President and House’s position.
Also keep an eye on whether the Democratic leadership revises its earlier thwarted attempts to increase taxes on domestic energy production to subsidize renewable energy. Lots of goodies and favors to be thrown around, it’ll be interesting to see just how clean this bill can make it out of the Senate.