Stimulus May Pick Up More GOP Votes

But not enough to be anything like bipartisan

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 12, 2009 12:13 PM CST

(Newser) – The passage of the stimulus is a done deal, but that doesn’t mean the votes on the compromise measure won’t be interesting. Democrats are hoping to bring more Republicans on board, reports Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post. All three GOP senators who backed the original Senate bill were alongside Harry Reid as he announced the compromise yesterday, but no other Republicans were in sight.

Democratic operatives have their eyes on a number of Republicans who could flip, including senators Dick Lugar, George Voinovich, and Lisa Murkowski. In the House, which has postponed its vote until tomorrow, Fred Upton, Mike Castle, and Jim Gerlach might switch. But even with all those flips, "Obama will not even come close to getting the broad bipartisan support in either the House or Senate that he and his team had once hoped for," Cillizza observes.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, left, speaks during a Senate and House conference on the economic stimulus bill on Capitol Hill, Feb. 11, 2009.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, left, speaks during a Senate and House conference on the economic stimulus bill on Capitol Hill, Feb. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Harry Reid is joined by Daniel Inouye,  left, and Max Baucus during a Senate and House conference on the economic stimulus bill, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009.
Harry Reid is joined by Daniel Inouye, left, and Max Baucus during a Senate and House conference on the economic stimulus bill, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Arlen Specte talks about the agreement on the $789 billion economic stimulus measure designed to create millions of jobs and help take the nation out of recession, at the Capitol, Feb. 11, 2009.
Arlen Specte talks about the agreement on the $789 billion economic stimulus measure designed to create millions of jobs and help take the nation out of recession, at the Capitol, Feb. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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