WASINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota’s blue dog Democrat Collin Peterson joined 10 other dissident Democrats in voting against the $819 billion economic stimulus proposal that easily passed the U.S. House Wednesday evening.
The 7th District Congressman, who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, was not immediately available for comment. He has voted against previous stimulus and bailout measures.
As expected, the bill passed almost completely along partisan lines with no Republican support. On the other side of the aisle, the remaining Minnesota Democrats voted for the bill, promoting its passage with fiery rhetoric during hours of debate on the House floor today.
The measure ultimately passed 244 to 188 with 11 Democrats and 177 Republicans voting against it.
Cynthia Dizikes covers Minnesota’s congressional delegation and reports on issues and developments in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at cdizikes [at] minnpost [dot] com.