GOP Senators Block Dems' Stimulus Plan

Bill to give Americans tax rebates is now in legislative limbo
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 6:26 PM CST
Graphic shows key tax rebate elements of the proposed economic stimulus bills from the House of Representatives and Senate; 2c x 4 5/8 inches; 96.3 mm x 117.5 mm   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Democrats' efforts to expand a financial relief plan for Americans hit a roadblock in the Senate today, the AP reports. Republicans were able to stymie the bill, which they say is too expensive. Democrats hoped to add $40 billion to the plan that passed the House last week; it's now in limbo, but there's enormous political pressure to get it moving.

"It would behoove us to reject what has been called a Christmas tree," GOP Sen. John Kyl said before the motion to curtail debate and force a vote—which failed by two. Democrats wanted to extend unemployment benefits and expand payments to low-income seniors and disabled veterans. Critics urged Democrats to follow the model of the less expensive House plan.