Senate Leaders Say There's Little GOP Backing On Stimulus Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate begins debate this week on its version of the stimulus bill and Republicans see little support from their side.

Sen. Jon Kyl, the chief GOP vote counter, says Republicans have not started to count their votes. But he says he sees support eroding for the nearly $900 billion measure. He says it has too much wasteful spending and maybe it's best to just start from scratch.

The chief Democratic vote counter, Sen. Dick Durbin, says Democrats have asked Republicans for their ideas and are open to possible changes.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama must be embarrassed because he wanted bipartisan support in the House and the stimulus plan there passed without any GOP votes.

He says there is a lot of unease even among Senate Democrats about the bill and that sets up a situation where changes can be made.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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