By Noel Sheppard, Fox Forum

A new era of almost unprecedented government spending inched perilously closer to reality Tuesday when the Senate narrowly approved an $838 billion “economic recovery” plan.

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As reported: The bill passed by a vote of 61-37. Sixty votes were needed.

Although not a surprise, the scale was tipped by the new GOP Gang of Three: Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and Arlen Specter (R-Penn.)

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