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Negotiations Intensify on Final Stimulus Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - Negotiators on Capitol Hill are hoping today's
the day for a final compromise on the economic stimulus package.
They hope to seal agreement after making good progress in the
first rounds of closed-door talks.
Late yesterday, President Barack Obama's negotiating team
appeared resigned to losing up to $40 billion in aid to state
governments.
Earlier, the Senate sailed to approval of its $838 billion
economic stimulus bill. Three moderate Republican senators who
helped push the bill through are demanding that the final
House-Senate compromise resemble the Senate measure.
Their support is key to keeping the bill on track when it's time
to vote on the final legislation.
Negotiators are working with a target of about $800 billion for
the final bill.


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