Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Stimulus Passes House

Today was my full day on the Hill, arriving at about 8:45, after a treacherous journey to the Metro, due to the recent ice, which DC is notoriously bad at handling, leading President Obama to poke some fun this morning. A nice thing about working on the Hill is never having to go outside, so I basically only had to make it there, and was OK for the rest of the day.

Today was focused on the stimulus, mostly taking constituent calls about it, the vast majority of which were in opposition, though it is much easier to get people to call in against something rather than for it, and several polls have shown overall support for the plan. The other intern and I took turns on the phones, and logged them into our response system. We also compiled the funds that school districts in the district will be receiving from the stimulus, and organized a press call and conference call with some school superintendents about it.

Towards evening, the staff watched the floor votes, betting how many Republicans would actually vote for it, after Obama's efforts yesterday, as well as some Democratic compromises. My guess was 15, with some betting 6, and some as high as 25. It turned out to be zero, though the stimulus, HR 1, passed by a vote of 244-188, with 11 Democrats voting no.

Off tomorrow for class, and the House is out of session on Friday for the Republican's annual retreat.

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