Missouri’s Congressional delegation reflected the national political split on the federal stimulus bill before Congress.
The $787 billion bill passed the United States House in Washington on a 246-to-183 vote. No Republicans voted for the measure, a compromise hammered out between Democratic leaders in the Senate and House. President Barack Obama has urged Congress to back the bill, saying it is needed to stimulate an economy being dragged down by a slumping housing market and tight credit.
Missouri Democrats Emanuel Cleaver, Lacy Clay, Russ Carnahan and Ike Skelton voted in favor of the bill. Republicans Roy Blunt, Jo Ann Emerson, Sam Graves, Todd Akin and Blaine Luetkemeyer voted against.