Senate Passes Some Bill

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In a hard-fought victory, the Senate finally passed the contentious economic stimulus package that has fascinated the nation for so many weeks.The final vote was 61–37, with three Republican turncoats crossing the aisle as anticipated. But the constant clamor of inter-party bickering over the plan's specifics should continue, as the $838 billion Senate bill still needs to be reconciled with its $819 billion cousin in the House. That'll be fun. [NYT]