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Democrats hunt for Republican support on stimulus ( .. and hunt and hunt )
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/4/09 | Jeremy Pelofsky and Richard Cowan

Posted on 02/04/2009 10:28:40 AM PST by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democrats on Wednesday sought to revise their $900 billion economic stimulus plan to drum up enough Republican support so they can send it to President Barack Obama next week to sign into law.

The Democratic-led Senate entered a third day of debate on the package, which Obama wants on his desk by February 16, in a bid to reverse the downward spiral of the U.S. economy, which has been in recession since December 2007.

Democrats need at least two Republican votes to clear possible procedural hurdles and Obama wants healthy bipartisan support for the package after the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed its own stimulus plan last week with no Republican support.

"We hope that as the debate continues, people will only offer those amendments they think will really help the bill," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said late on Tuesday.

"With a little bit of luck we might be able to finish this bill" this week, the Nevada Democrat said.

That may not be so easy as Republicans are pushing to trim the spending portion and boost tax cuts and incentives, floating several alternatives.

The bill started in the Senate at about $885 billion but senators on Tuesday added $11 billion to it by making interest payments on new car purchases tax deductible, an attempt to spur sales amid record auto losses.

They also added an additional $6.5 billion for medical research, but cut $246 million in tax credits for the movie industry.

Republicans have complained that the legislation does not address the housing crisis sufficiently and spends money on programs that would not boost the economy. They have floated some alternatives but have yet to offer amendments on the Senate floor.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho2009; congress; democratcongress; democrats; economy; hunt; porkulus; republican; senatedemocrats; stimulus; support
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1 posted on 02/04/2009 10:28:40 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

They need to address mortgage interest rates if they want any RINO’s to move over.


2 posted on 02/04/2009 10:30:44 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: NormsRevenge

We need to keep record on the spineless PUBS for who will be the first to succumb to the Wiley Coyote urgings of the RATS & Obozo because there surely will be some.


3 posted on 02/04/2009 10:31:51 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: NormsRevenge

That dog don’t hunt!


4 posted on 02/04/2009 10:32:05 AM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: NormsRevenge

Looks like no one wants their fingerprints on that.


5 posted on 02/04/2009 10:32:05 AM PST by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else" Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: NormsRevenge
Please tell ALL the senators we do not want this stimulus.

U. S. Senate

Toll free capital switchboard numbers are:

800-965-4701
800-828-0498

FReep them!

6 posted on 02/04/2009 10:34:06 AM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NormsRevenge
They're gonna get some RINOs to climb aboard.

Hopefully, five or less.

7 posted on 02/04/2009 10:34:49 AM PST by Cedric
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To: NormsRevenge

Translation: the RINOs political reelection instinct smells democrat party electoral blood in the water.

Just like Obama’s 500k fakery. (CNBC of all obama worship channels was absolutly ridiculing the idea this am) You get what you pay for.


8 posted on 02/04/2009 10:36:07 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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Democrats need at least two Republican votes to clear possible procedural hurdles and Obama wants healthy bipartisan support for the package after the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed its own stimulus plan last week with no Republican support.

?

What? Is Lindsey Graham is siding with the Republicans?

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9 posted on 02/04/2009 10:37:15 AM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: NormsRevenge

I can’t believe Virginians aren’t hounding Jim Webb and Mark Warner over this outrageously irresponsible spending spree. Are there any real men in Virginia who will take on these scoundrels? Is Jim Webb a communist, too? Warner has always been a Third Way type politician, but this “stimulus” package is communism.


10 posted on 02/04/2009 10:41:32 AM PST by petitfour
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To: NormsRevenge
Haven't found the correct amount of pork yet???
11 posted on 02/04/2009 10:41:43 AM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: NormsRevenge

how many toxic mortgages could they just buy outright?

instead of funneling the money though the toxic government just paying off the houses with this money would do far more for the ecconomy.


12 posted on 02/04/2009 10:41:59 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: NormsRevenge

This isn’t a stimulus bill. It’s uncontrolled spending targeted at democrat campaign contributors and voters.

Any republican who votes for it is making a contribution to his next opponent.


13 posted on 02/04/2009 10:42:02 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bottom line: Conservatives consider liberals well-intentioned, but misguided. Liberals consider conservatives not only wrong, but really, really bad people.

Larry Elder


14 posted on 02/04/2009 10:42:30 AM PST by IrishMike (Islam is a barbaric political and social system in religious drag’)
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To: NormsRevenge

I cannot understand the justifications for this boondoggle. Govt bailouts and cash prizes to everyone with any influence to peddle: this is supposed to save a troubled economy!
It’s like trying to help a swimmer being pulled out to sea by a strong undertow, by attaching a sinkstone. He just drowns nearer to the safety of land, and much sooner.


15 posted on 02/04/2009 10:43:12 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (American Revolution II, overdue.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

The WSJ had an article on what sort of projects were proposed for the “shovel ready”, make work program. There were golf courses and club houses, a frisbee course in Austin, Harleys for Shreveport, several dog parks, complete with water features, oh and one city wants a waterpark, complete with slides. Oh, sure, there are lots of road and sewer projects, but for the most part, this is just a Democrat Christmas list, or should that be Kwaanza?

What no one has mentioned is that the jobs created by these projects are not much better than slave jobs. This time, the government is the master.


16 posted on 02/04/2009 10:45:28 AM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: NormsRevenge
The RINO Olympia Snowe is on television now talking and the MSM is making a big deal about her meeting with Obama on the Stimulus bill.

She votes Dem more than Repub most of the time:-(

17 posted on 02/04/2009 10:45:34 AM PST by moondoggie
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Democrats hunt for Republican support on stimulus

Yeah. Good luck with that.

The remaining Congressional 'Pubbies aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer, but they are slowly getting the picture and returning, at least for the moment, to their core conservative principles. It remains to be seen if this is a trend.

18 posted on 02/04/2009 10:49:06 AM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Those ‘Rats need to go to Helen Hunt.


19 posted on 02/04/2009 10:52:46 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

I hope they get the tax credit for first time home buyers even bigger than the existing $7500. The 7.5K is nice, and we will buy because of it, but 10 or 15K would be even BETTER. We are a two-income-no-kids household that has been paying through our noses for 30 years. Time for us to belly up to the trough.


20 posted on 02/04/2009 10:56:16 AM PST by Trust but Verify
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