Moderates seek bipartisan OK of stimulus package

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate moderates say they are attempting to trim fat from the economic stimulus bill while adding "a little muscle."

A group of nearly 20 centrists from both parties is hoping to cut as much as $100 billion from President Barack Obama's plan, which has swelled to $937 billion on the Senate floor. They're also discussing beefing up the bill with $25 billion in additional infrastructure projects.

Democrat Mary Landrieu says Senate leadership has signaled it has "some appreciation" for the work the bipartisan group is doing.

But if the compromise fails, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has expressed confidence he has the 60 votes needed to press it through.

The possibility of more add-ons to the historically large package remains as lawmakers gather this morning for a long day of voting.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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