Political maneuvering ahead of Monday stimulus vote by Senate

CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- The maneuvering continues over the Senate's version of an economic stimulus package.

Key votes are set for Monday on proposals to add rebate checks for seniors and disabled veterans to the stimulus package passed by the House, along with extra jobless benefits.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid says he thinks the Senate plan has things the American people want. But Republican leader Mitch McConnell warns the package could bog down with so many add-ons.

The decision by Democratic leaders to put off votes until next week is seen as a tacit admission they haven't been able to muster the 60 votes needed to push through the plan approved by the finance committee.

The timing of the vote could force three presidential candidates to return to Washington just hours before the Super Tuesday primaries, Senators Clinton, Obama and McCain.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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