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“This is a time to show that we can rise above partisanship, do something important and do it quickly,” he said.

Mr. Baucus‘ bill, which is scheduled for mark up tomorrow in the Finance Committee, would decrease the rebate to $500 for most workers and to $1,000 for married couples. The child tax credit would remain at $300.

It wouldn’t exempt high-income taxpayers from receiving a rebate as in the House version.

Under the House plan, the rebates would be less for workers earning more than $75,000 a year or joint filers making more than $150,000. Individual taxpayers with incomes above $87,000 and couples earning more than $175,000 a year would not receive rebate checks or child tax credits.

Mr. Baucus insists that his rewrite will not slow down the stimulus package and said he has been in close and frequent contact with Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., who brokered the deal for the administration, about the proposed changes. A Baucus aide said the talks were not negotiations.

The work on the bill has attracted a slew of proposals for more add-ons, including bids for more business tax credits, food stamps and home heating assistance.

Mr. Baucus doesn’t want to add much more to the package but that will depend on what happens in the committee markup, the aide said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the 15 proposals that he has seen from Democratic members are all good ideas for helping the economy.

“But when you lump them all together it becomes a pretty big vehicle,” the Nevada Democrat said, adding that other economic bills could be taken up within weeks of passing the emergency stimulus plan.