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Step One On Stimulus Road

5:52 pm Jan. 27, 2009

Democrats in the House are ready today to provide President Barack Obama with approval of an $825 billion economic stimulus package, sending it on to the Senate, where the real battling will take place. The plan will definitely change in the Senate, where two key committees yesterday tinkered with the …

Don’t Forget The Tax Cuts

5:52 pm Jan. 27, 2009

While the spending portion of the economic stimulus bill up for a vote today in the House have attracted a lot of attention, there is also a hefty chunk of tax relief in the bill. And there might be even more once the Senate gets through with its own version …

A First Win For Obama

5:51 pm Jan. 27, 2009

A day after he went up to meet behind closed doors with Republicans in both the House and Senate, President Obama will see if that drew any votes as the House votes on his economic stimulus plans. What the Obama White House would like is a good chunk of Republicans …

Stimulus Bill As Policy Engine

8:47 pm Jan. 26, 2009

I’ll give the Democrats some credit for the way they have devised this stimulus bill, because along with extra spending that they want, they are using the bill to push a series of policy initiatives as well. For example, the bill is stuffed with money to promote various programs on energy efficiency, which …

Obama Looks For GOP Votes

7:30 pm Jan. 26, 2009

President Obama will make two stops to see Republican lawmakers in the Congress today, as he meets with House and Senate members, urging their support for his economic stimulus legislation. As of now, he’s not going to get too many votes. “I think almost all of my Republican colleagues at …

Tired Old Arguments and Solutions

8:35 pm Jan. 25, 2009

As Congress and the White House get deep into the debate over an economic stimulus bill this week, I must observe that this debate hasn’t moved very far, despite the difficult times facing this nation. Democrats still want to spend money on everything under the sun. And about the only …

Just Some of the Economic Stimulus Bill

2:54 pm Jan. 24, 2009

What follows are a number of the spending projects included in the economic stimulus bill filed by Democrats late on Friday, which will be voted on in coming days by the House of Representatives. This is not a complete list.  Instead, it is an overview of some of the major …

House Stimulus Bill Released

12:40 pm Jan. 24, 2009

I know I have better things to do this weekend, and you probably do too, but if you’re at all interested in the $825 billion economic stimulus bill that the House will vote on in coming days, then you’ve got some work to do. The text of the bill was …

Stimulating Debate Looms

2:41 pm Jan. 23, 2009

The big battle this week in the Congress will be in the House of Representatives, which is set for a vote on an economic stimulus plan developed by Democrats. The $825 billion dollar plan could still see some changes before that House vote, but as of now, Democrats don’t seem …