Stimulus Sent Through Senate, Moves Back to House
The Senate voted twice this week on stimulus legislation designed to improve upon the House-Administration brokered deal. After failing to reach sixty votes on Wednesday, the Senate agreed to a modified proposal on Thursday by a vote of 81-16 which, while slightly decreasing the size of the rebate, provides a mechanism for rebates to those on social security and in the military, while excluding illegal aliens. The legislation goes back to the House, where Democrat and Republican leadership have announced they will accept the provisions and will vote to quickly send the bill to the President’s desk.
In an attempt to add infrastructure investment to the Stimulus package, Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) filed an amendment that would have add $5 billion to the Highway Trust Fund, with $4 billion going to the Highway Account and $1 billion going to the Mass Transit Account. AGC members and employees generated more than 400 letters to Senators in support of the amendment, and 12 other Senators (Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Tim Johnson (D-S.C.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), James Webb (D-Va.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.)) joined as cosponsors of the amendment. Unfortunately, the Senate did not get the opportunity to consider the Wyden-Thune amendment.
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