Senate Pushes for Add-Ons to Stimulus Bill

20 million seniors could still be left out of final bill
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2008 6:10 AM CST
Senate Pushes for Add-Ons to Stimulus Bill
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, left, listens as President Bush, tell reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, that he and leaders of the Democratic-led Congress have agreed to work together on an economic stimulus package to boost the sagging U.S. economy.(AP...   (Associated Press)

Senators are balking at yesterday's pleas from President Bush for speedy action on the economic stimulus bill, planning substantial additions and changes, reports the Washington Post.  Proposed additions include $12.5 billion in unemployment benefits, $5 billion in food stamps. and $800 million for winter heating for the poor. And the resistance to rubber-stamping is bi-partisan: GOP senators are holding out for tax breaks for corporations that reinvest overseas profit back in the US.

"I was very pleased with the progress the House made in working out the agreement, but the Senate is a separate entity, and the White House needs to engage in negotiations with the Senate, as well," GOP Sen. Susan Collins said yesterday.  As it stands, the bill contains $150 billion in tax rebates to working and middle-class Americans, and business tax cuts designed to get the economy rolling again. It currently leaves out 20 million seniors living chiefly on Social Security, notes the AP. (Read more George W. Bush stories.)

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