GOP Leaders Doubt Stimulus Bill Will Pass Senate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the Senate taking up an economic stimulus package this week, Democrats and Republicans are disagreeing over its merits on the Sunday talk shows.

Republicans suggest overhauling the proposal because they say it won't pump enough into the private sector through tax cuts while allowing Democrats to go on a spending spree unlikely to jolt the economy.

Democrats defend the almost $819 billion version of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan. They say the unrelentingly bleak economic news demands action.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell tells CBS he doubts the Senate will pass the bill, contending that Democrats as well as Republicans are uneasy with it.

But Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin says on "Fox News Sunday," "We cannot delay this ... We've got to pull together."

The Democrats say they are willing to listen to Republican proposals.

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