You probably already noticed from the note at the top of the site, but just to archive it: here are some links related to the economic stimulus bill that was enacted this month (and then failed to do any good, apparently).
We posted a special feature line by line. You can see the evolution of the plan from September 25 to October 1.
, can be found on GovTrack. In an effort to speed the parliamentary process up, the Senate co-oped a previous unenacted bill, variously titled the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007 and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. They replaced the entire text of the bill with the stimulus bill using an amendment. Two votes took place in the Senate, first to and then to : the votes, both on Oct. 1, came out the same. Because the House had previously passed the bill in its prior life as a mental health bill, the House had, well, already passed the bill. But since the Senate had made changes following the House’s approval, the House was required to , which it did on Oct. 3. The same day the President signed the bill and it became law.
Prior to the Senate’s action, the House attempted a bill of its own. Actually, it attempted to co-opt a bill as well in order to speed-up the parliamentary process. It wanted to co-opt , Defenders of Freedom Tax Relief Act of 2007. The House
to replace the text of that bill with their stimulus bill, but the vote failed, leaving the bill unchanged.