Reid Claims Votes to Pass Stimulus

Posted February 5, 2009 at 12:01pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he has the 60 votes needed to pass the economic stimulus bill. “We hope to have the vote today. I think we will have the votes,” Reid said, hinting that Democrats have mustered enough support to overcome a filibuster. “Would I like to get more votes? Of course I would. But my No. 1 goal is to pass this bill,” the Majority Leader said. President Barack Obama had hoped to attract significant bipartisan support for the package, even as many as 80 votes. Senate Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said meeting that mark “is a distant memory.” “We’d rather pass a good bill with 65 votes than a bill that doesn’t work with 80 votes,” Schumer said.