Members of the Senate today voted 61-37 to pass an amended version of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
A somewhat different version of the bill passed in the House last week.
Lawmakers now are working on ironing out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
The bill includes a provision that would provide a 50% subsidy for 12 moths for laid-off workers who buy Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act group health continuation coverage, or COBRA coverage.
All Democratic senators who voted on the bill voted for it.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, and Sen. Bernard Sanders, an independent from Vermont, also voted for the bill.