The $150 billion package of tax breaks for consumers and businesses rolled out yesterday was the first show of bipartisan cooperation sans bloodletting since the Democrats won control of Congress a year ago, the Washington Post observes. It took panic over a looming recession to make it happen, and it could still be undone in the Senate.
The Senate will face formidable pressure not to hold up the $600 rebate checks by trying to reshape the deal. Delaying the process would cloud the House's triumphant demonstration that Congress actually can get something done, the AP reports. "The American people are not going to have a lot of patience for taking time," Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson warned.