Senate Lacks Stimulus Votes

Hope you’re not getting too desperate waiting for the stimulus to arrive: Senate Democratic leaders acknowledged yesterday that they lack the votes to pass the stimulus in its current $900 billion form, and will trim the package by as much as $200 billion in order to win over some GOP colleagues. The change in course was deemed necessary after the Senate’s first vote on an amendment to add more infrastructure spending failed yesterday. Revisions, reports The Washington Post, “would force lawmakers to work at a frantic pace to meet a self-imposed Feb. 13 deadline for completing a compromise bill with the House, which passed an $819 billion version last week.”