WASHINGTON (AP) Republicans insist some of the spending won't create jobs.
The tentative agreement was worked out behind closed doors
between Democratic leaders and key Republican moderates.
It includes President Barack Obama's signature tax cut of up to
$1,000 for working couples, even if they earn too little to pay
income taxes. Also included are breaks for homebuyers and people
buying new cars. Much of the new spending would be for victims of
the recession, in the form of unemployment compensation, health
care and food stamps.
Three Republican senators have broken ranks and plan to vote for
the measure. They are Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both from
Maine, and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.