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No big deal: The U.S. Senate just passed a monster stimulus (aka spending) package today for a grand total of $838 billion. Talk about a shopping spree.
Since one of Minnesota's seats is tied up in another horrendous example of politics, we only have to report that Sen. Amy Klobuchar did vote for the bill.
But this isn't over yet.
The Senate approved their version of the bill almost entirely along party lines with a 61-37 vote. The bill passed with three Republicans joining 56 Democrats and two independents in favor.
Now the bill has to be merged with the U.S. House version before President Obama can sign it.
More from the New York Times
Congressional leaders said they would immediately begin to work out the differences between the Senate measure and an $820 billion version passed by the House, with President Obama also likely to have a strong voice in the talks.
The timetable for the House-Senate negotiations remained indefinite, however. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader, said he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "think we can get a lot of work done in the first 24 hours."