Agreement Announced on Emergency Economic Stimulus

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A massive tax and spending bill intended to stimulate the badly battered economy is a big step closer to President Barack Obama's desk.

With lightning speed, key members of Congress have announced agreement on a $789 billion package designed to create millions of jobs.

The bill includes help for victims of the recession in the form of unemployment benefits, food stamps, health coverage and more, as well as billions for states that face the prospect of making deep cuts in their own programs.

It also preserves Obama's signature tax cut -- a break for millions of lower and middle income taxpayers, including those who don't earn enough to pay income taxes.

Conspicuously absent from the news conference was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It's not clear whether she stayed away out of unhappiness or a scheduling conflict.

A House vote on the measure is possible as early as tomorrow, with the Senate to follow before lawmakers begin a scheduled weeklong vacation.

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

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  • by Maddie Location: C Spgs on Feb 11, 2009 at 08:46 PM
    I am concerned about the state of the economy, but we have to remember: alot of people didnt really agree with most of FDR's ideas and actions during the Depression. I think we need to maintain an open mind and an optimistic heart.
  • by whataracket Location: Colorado on Feb 11, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    This is nothing but a BIG Joke on the American Public of which WE have to PAY for! EVERYONE IN WASHINGTON SHOULD BE IMPEACHED!
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