Stimulus Bill Now At $789 Billion
Yes, the price tag keeps going down.
Now, I’d hope that this would make some of you happy, but I honestly can’t sort through people’s opinions about this anymore. They seem all over the place.
And, by the way, that’s not a judgement, just an observation.
Me, I just think we need to get something done. Nobody’s going to get everything they want, nor should they have ever expected to. Yes, I wish we had more infrastructure spending in there, but I understand the need for compromise in order to get this thing pushed through. Long story short, the economy needs a jolt right now and there’s only one entity that can do it.
Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — U.S. lawmakers agreed on a $789 billion economic stimulus plan that President Barack Obama said is urgently needed to keep the country from sliding into a deeper recession.
Following weeks of debate and negotiations in Washington, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters today that negotiators reached â€œmiddle groundâ€ and Congress may vote on the plan within days. Reid said the package would create 3.5 million jobs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 50.65 points, 0.6 percent, to 7,939.53.
â€œIt is a jobs bill,â€ said Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, an architect of the compromise. â€œAnd today you might call us the jobs squad.â€ Nelson and other senators had insisted that the stimulus plan be less than $800 billion.
â€œThe votes are there for passage, that is clear,â€ said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat.
The new plan is smaller than the $838 billion bill approved by the Senate yesterday and the $819 billion package passed by the House last month. Obama had said he wanted a bill on his desk by the Feb. 16 Presidentsâ€™ Day holiday.
The question now…will this bring on any more Republicans or will they continue to insist that the bill needs to be half this size and be composed mostly of tax cuts?
More as it develops…