By  on January 28, 2009

WASHINGTON — After an urgent call to action from President Obama, the House voted 244 to 188 Wednesday night to pass an $819 billion stimulus package, clearing a major hurdle in his effort to jump-start the economy.

Confronting the worst U.S. recession in decades, the plan would provide about $275 billion in tax cuts to workers and businesses and $550 billion for domestic spending programs over two years.

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