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Final Version

Passed in House on 2/13 246-183
roll-call vote

Passed in Senate on 2/13 60-38
roll-call vote

Senate "Compromise" (2/7)


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Latest Bill Versions

Latest News

Final Version Now Parsed

Posted at 7:30 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2009

The final version is now parsed and available in our searchable database. Start here to browse the text of bill which is now law.

The Stimulus Has Passed the House and Senate

Posted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 14, 2009

Yesterday, the both the House and Senate passed the stimulus package. The White House is now soliciting comments on the bill, and we encourage everyone to --- politely --- share their feedback.

The best links to read the final package remain below (or at the White House page). Those documents are still full of hand-written annotations and markups, making it impossible for us to use our parsing techniques to generate fully online and searchable versions. So we will wait until final clean copies are available, and at that time parse them for future reference and review.

Final Language Posted

Posted at 11:00 pm on Thursday, February 12, 2009

The final language has been posted; you can find links to the various docs at the Speaker's website. Update: The speaker's website is apparently down. Imagine that. Docs are also available here.

The total size of the four major files is over 100MB, and consists of 1419 pages. Three of the four files are huge "scanned" PDFs, meaning they were created by printing the original document and then scanning it in again --- and therefore contain no real "text" that can be easily searched. This will make our parsing process difficult and more time consuming, so we most likely won't have our versions ready until midday tomorrow. But we'll see...

Pelosi: "You have to see the language."

Posted at 4:01 pm on Thursday, February 12, 2009

In the context of discussing how agreement was reached in conference on school construction funds during her press conference earlier today, Speaker Pelosi had some rather relevant remarks (starts at 10:00 in to the video):

"With all of this you have to see the language. You said this --- I said that --- I understood it to be this way --- you know, we wanted to see it in writing and when we did that then we were able to go forward."

"Around here language means a lot. Words weigh a ton and one person's understanding of a spoken description might vary from another's. We wanted to see it. And not only just I had to see it I had to show it to my colleagues and my caucus. We wanted to take all the time that was necessary to make sure it was right."

Excellent points, Madam Speaker. So: can we see the language of the final bill? And perhaps even have time to read it before Senators and Representatives are asked to vote on it?

(As of 4:03 pm ET, none of our sources on the Hill have received the text of the final bill.)

48 Hour Review Period After Conference?

Posted at 4:25 pm on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

An interesting resolution came from the House yesterday as they officially sent their representatives into conference with the Senate to resolve the differences in the two passed bill versions:

From yesterday's Congressional Record, Page H1096:

Mr. LEWIS of California moves to instruct the managers on the part of the House that they shall not record their approval of the final conference agreement (as such term is used in clause 12(a)(4) of rule XXII of the Rules of the House of Representatives) unless the text of such agreement has been available to the managers in an electronic, searchable, and downloadable form for at least 48 hours prior to the time described in such clause.

This instruction passed unanimously in a recorded vote. So in theory, talk of votes on Thursday or Friday this week are nonsense, unless the House decides to completely ignore this vote. There is some wiggle room to be had as the instructions specify that the text must be available to managers in the House, not the general public, but that still can't be strictly true at least until final bill text is ready.

It would seem legitimate to expect the House to abide by this vote --- and if it doesn't, to ask why not....

Senate Bill Passes 61-37

Posted at 12:55 pm on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Senate has passed the 'compromise' bill on a vote of 61-37. Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snow (Maine), and Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania) were the three GOP Senators voting in favor to put the bill over the 60-vote barrier.

It's not all over just yet, though. From here, the bill goes to conference, where the House and Senate bills (which are currently quite different) must be merged into a single version of the bill. And then, it's back to both the House and Senate for a final vote (where, in the Senate, 60 votes will again be required).

So we'll not just be continuing our efforts to read and track the stimulus, but expanding them. And to that end, we've created a Google group for people who want to volunteer to help in our parsing and data-entry/analysis tasks. If you are interested in volunteering, please join the group and you'll start to receive email updates on what tasks we're attacking currently. Thanks!

Excellent Washington Post Graphic

Posted at 10:40 am on Monday, February 9, 2009

If you are a looking for a visual breakdown of where the money is being spent in the stimulus, the Washington Post has an excellent graphic you should check out. Click on the image below to go to the full-size version.

Enhanced Summary Spreadsheet

Posted at 2:10 pm on Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Nelson spreadsheet released Saturday was useful, but one drawback was that it was formatted more like a Word document than a true pure data spreadsheet, making it unsuitable for importing into a database or further number-crunching and processing.

Our team has fixed that by creating a "normalized" version of the spreadsheet which will be more useful to people and groups that want to do further analysis on the data. You can download our new version in Excel format here, or view it online in a Google docs spreadsheet here.

Compromise Text Available

Posted at 2:50 am on Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bill text is now available for the Senate compromise. We have the PDF version, plain text, and have parsed it into our searchable database.

Given our understanding of the schedule for a vote at 5:30pm Monday, there are now just under 40 hours until the vote, unless of course Majority Leader Reid heeds the call of our open letter and delays the vote to allow Senators --- and the public --- time to actually read the bill.

Saturday Night State of Play

Posted at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 7, 2009

So as we note in our open letter, bill text for the compromise is not yet available. Hill sources tell us that they have been told to expect it sometime after 8 or 9pm ET tonight --- but that they were earlier told it would be available this afternoon. (Update, 10:30pm ET: It's 10:30 at night. Do you know where your children bill text is? Yeah, neither do we. Pity the poor Senate staff tonight: our contacts, at least, are still waiting as of now.)

Some documentation and detail has been semi-officially released, however. Senator Ben Nelson's website now shows a very useful spreadsheet that summarizes the appropriation dollars for the original House version, the Senate markup, and the new "compromise" version. Our data-crunching team is working on the spreadsheet now, with the goal of presenting it online in a more friendly format, but until then, by all means check it out in the Excel format published by Nelson's staff.

Given the spreadsheet, you might ask why seeing the bill text is such a big deal. Well, when your broker tells you that your new mortgage is going to be 4.75%, do you take his word for it --- or do you read the loan documents before you sign them? This is like that: the devil is in the details, except in this case, there are a lot more zeros involved.

Our best understanding of the schedule for the next few days is included below. Take a look, ask yourself if your Senators have had time to truly understand what they are voting on --- and then call them and ask them.

Sunday 2/8No activity
Monday 2/91pm - 5pm: Debate
5:30 pm: Cloture vote
Tuesday 2/10Noon: Final vote on passage

An Open Letter to Majority Leader Reid and President Obama

Posted at 6:00 pm on Saturday, February 7, 2009

We are pleased to join with a great group of activist individuals and organizations in presenting the open letter below. A permalink for the letter is here; if your organization is interested in being added to the signatories, please contact us at .
February 7, 2009

To: Senate Majority Leader Reid, President Obama

Americans face a time of great economic challenge, and have watched with equally great interest as the House of Representatives and now the Senate have crafted legislation designed to address that challenge.

Last night, news of a compromise was announced in the Senate that would provide the sixty votes required to move the bill forward. As of the writing, however, the full details of the compromise have not been made public, and no legislative text has been published for open review.

Majority Leader Reid, we ask that you publish the full legislative text of the compromise immediately, and furthermore, to delay any vote on the bill for at least five days following publication. The American public deserves time to read and understand the substance of this critical legislation, and to express their views to their Senators.

Mr. President, you have pledged that once legislation is passed by Congress, it will be placed online for public review for five days before your signature. In the same spirit, we ask you to add your voice to those encouraging Majority Leader Reid to publish this compromise bill and to allow time for public review during the critical period before the Senate votes.

The American public is watching, and we hope that you both will take these crucial steps to allow citizens to fully understand and participate in the workings of their government.


Rob Neppell, ReadtheStimulus.org
Michelle Malkin, MichelleMalkin.com
Bill Wilson, Americans for Limited Government
Phil Kerpen, Americans for Prosperity
Kristina Rasmussen, National Taxpayers Union
Matt Kibbe, FreedomWorks
Joshua Trevi�o, Trevi�o Strategies and Media, Inc.
Clay Shirky, Shirky.com
Amber Gunn, Evergreen Freedom Foundation
Bill Goodwin, FreedomPolitics.com
Liza Sabater, culturekitchen.com
David Weller, All Things Reform
Thomas Lord, Basiscraft.com
Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit.com
Erick Erickson, RedState.com
Andrew F. Quinlan, Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Michael Patrick Leahy, Top Conservatives on Twitter
Read My Lipstick Network


Text of the Friday Night Compromise

Posted at 9:00 pm on Friday, February 6, 2009

Now that there is news of a compromise reached between the Senate Democrats plus GOP Senators Susan Collins and Arlen Specter, the obvious question is: can we read the compromise bill text?

Short answer: no! As of now, no text has been released, and it is highly likely that as of Friday evening, it doesn't even exist. Our sources on the Hill indicate that "it is probably just a bunch of numbers scratched on a napkin right now."

We are of course eagerly awaiting the post-napkin version of the compromise, and will get it posted here as soon as it becomes available.

Senate Version Parsed

Posted at 10:10pm on Tuesday, February 3, 2009

We now have the Senate version parsed and available online, here. And we're still looking for help parsing the bill into our latest Google spreadsheet.

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