LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Democratic U.S. House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell are giving
starkly different assessments of what last year's $787 billion
stimulus package has done amid the deep recession.
Pelosi told a gathering of state legislators meeting Monday in
Louisville that the stimulus has created or saved as many as 3.6
million jobs so far. Pelosi said more jobs will be created in the
first eight months of this year than were created in the eight
years George W. Bush was president.
McConnell said the stimulus hasn't prevented the loss of another
2.5 million jobs. He says the stimulus is an example of
congressional Democrats centralizing power in Washington at the
expense of states.
The two spoke at the annual meeting of the National Conference
of State Legislatures.
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