Given their margins in both chambers of Congress and the control of the White House, the passage of a stimulus bill largely reflecting Democratic priorities was never in doubt. Late last night with the help of three Republican Senators, the nearly $800B stimulus was passed. Now it is on to the President for signature.
Not a single Republican House member supported the bill, and only three Senators did. The job Republican legislators did cannot be lauded enough. By relentlessly pointing out needless, unstimulative spending, Republicans generated enough public outcry to make the Democrats go back to the drawing board, cut out some of the spending, and lower the overall cost of the package.
It is a ridiculous example of overreach and excess. But without the stand of Republicans in Congress, it would have been worse.