Senate Republicans block more money for economic stimulus bill

CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- A stalemate continues in the Senate on exactly how much money to give to which groups of Americans to stimulate the economy.

Even the presence of Democratic presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for yesterday's vote failed to prevent Republicans from blocking a Democratic attempt to add 44 billion dollars to a House-passed bill.

But Democrats plan to bring it up again. A spokesman says Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to give Republicans a chance to "reconsider their vote."

Republicans say they were ready to accept adding rebate checks for seniors and disabled veterans but charge Democrats are loading the plan with special-interest extras. GOP senators have been calling it "a Christmas-tree package."

The White House is urging lawmakers to act soon so Americans can get the money quickly and spend it to help the economy.

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


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