Senate Democrats Put Out Stimulus Plan

Posted September 25, 2008 at 3:01pm

Senate Democrats are forging ahead with their plan for a second stimulus package, as Congress and the White House press forward on a far more expensive bill designed to restore confidence in the financial markets.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) released a statement, as Reid was en route to the White House, detailing their plan for a $56.2 billion stimulus measure that would extend unemployment benefits, provide food stamps, and other Democratic priorities.

“We must not forget Main Street as we work to address the crisis on Wall Street. Democrats believe that we must urgently pass another economic recovery package that will create hundreds of thousands of good-paying American jobs and prevent cuts in critical services for millions of Americans,” Reid said in the statement.

Reid has indicated that he would like to attach the stimulus bill to the continuing resolution. Unless the Nevada Democrat and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can agree on floor action of the bill, Reid plans to force a Saturday vote to proceed toward the bill.