Senate Approves $838 Billion Stimulus Package

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The U.S. Senate has passed a US$838 billion economic stimulus package, including money for broadband and health IT deployment.

The Senate on Tuesday voted 61-37 to pass the legislation, pushed by U.S. President Barack Obama. Three Senate Republicans joined Democrats to pass the bill, after no Republicans voted for a House of Representatives version that passed Jan. 29.

House and Senate negotiators will now work out the differences in the two bills. The House version totaled $819 billion.

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