Stimulus Package Wins Key Senate Vote

The $829 billion economic stimulus bill has won a key hurdle this afternoon, with 61 senators voting to end debate — more than the three-fifths necessary. Three Republicans joined the Democrats — Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

Final passage on one of President Obama's most important priorities is expected tomorrow. Following that, the House and Senate — which will have passed different versions of the bill — will iron out their differences in a conference committee.

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