Stimulus Expected to Clear Senate Tuesday
By Shailagh Murray
Senate Democratic leaders announced today a procedural vote at 5:30 p.m. Monday to clear a path to passing the economic stimulus bill. Assuming 60 senators vote yes in that vote, a final Senate vote on the package will be held at noon Tuesday, the lawmakers said.
After the Senate approves a stimulus bill, negotiations on a compromise package to send to the president will begin with the House. Although the two versions of the bill have similar price tags, both in the $820 billion range, the contents vary significantly. The Senate bill has many more tax cuts, while the House is pushing substantial spending increases in education, energy and health care programs.
Congress has set a Feb. 13 deadline for completing the bill, but lawmakers predict negotiations will spill into next weekend and possibly into the following week, when lawmakers are scheduled to take a recess.
February 7, 2009; 12:19 PM ET
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