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Obama allies reveal $825 billion US stimulus bill

Obama allies reveal $825 billion US stimulus bill

Working closely with President-elect Barack Obama, Democrats in the House of Representatives on Thursday called for $825 billion in federal spending and tax cuts to revive the U.S. economy, with strong emphasis on energy, education, health care and jobs-producing highway construction.
The legislation calls for federal spending of roughly $550 billion and tax cuts of $275 billion over the next two years _ totals certain to change as the measure works its way through Congress.
The measure calls for $90 billion to help the states meet the rising cost of providing health care for the poor in the recession, and another $39 billion to subsidize coverage by out-of-work wage-earners who cannot afford the cost of their employer-covered health care.
More than $100 billion is also ticketed for education, including money for school districts to shield them from the effects of state cutbacks in services.
Democratic leaders in Congress have pledged to have legislation ready for Obama to sign by mid-February.
Democrats planned to unveil the proposal later in the day. The Associated Press obtained a copy in advance of the announcement.


Updated : 2021-03-01 00:42 GMT+08:00