Obama pushes for stimulus on eve of Senate vote
President Barack Obama warned of a "catastrophe" if Congress fails to pass the national economic stimulus bill.

The House passed its version of the $800 billion-plus package. The Senate is set to vote today after it cleared a procedural hurdle yesterday.

Both versions include upwards of $3 billion for Indian Country. The Senate version is more specific about where the money will go.

The House and the Senate will have to iron out their differences before sending a final bill to the White House. "I can't afford to see Congress play the usual political games. What we have to do right now is deliver for the American people," Obama last night in his first prime-time news conference.

Get the Story:
Obama Says Economic Crisis Comes First (The Washington Post 2/10)
Obama Says Failing to Act Could Lead to a ‘Catastrophe’ (The New York Times 2/10)
Senate to Vote Today on Stimulus Bill (The Washington Post 2/10)
In Stimulus Bills, A Windfall for Agency Budgets (The Washington Post 2/10)

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
H.R.1 | S.1

Relevant Documents:
Press Release: Senate Appropriations Committee | Press Release: Senate Indian Affairs Committee | Press Release: House Appropriations Committee

Related Stories:
Sen. Johnson backs Indian Country stimulus (2/3)
Opinion: Indian Country stimulus a good start (1/30)
Stimulus for Indian Country heads to Senate floor (1/28)
Jodi Rave: Senate bill includes $2.8B for tribes (1/28)

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