WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans and Democrats are jockeying
for political advantage as they push their versions of a second
stimulus bill that both agree is needed.
Democrats are talking of returning after the election to work on
a plan. A top Republican urged that Congress return before that,
but quickly backed down.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ordering hearings on what should
be in the package. She says priorities include extending jobless
benefits, pumping money into infrastructure projects, and sending
food aid to the poor and money to states to pay their Medicaid
bills. Officials say the price tag could reach $150 billion.
Republicans are calling for corporate and investment tax cuts,
more energy exploration, and federally insuring 100 percent of bank
transaction accounts, among other measures.
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