“I think it is an abomination that a bill that is 269 pages long is going to be the subject of a one-day markup and no hearing,” said Rep. Joe L. Barton, ranking Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
In Ways and Means, Mr. Camp said he worried Congress would make the same mistake of rushing the stimulus bill that it did with the $700 billion financial bailout, which has been criticized for its lack of oversight. He cited competing estimates of between $200,000 and $400,000 being spent in the package per job it is supposed to create.
“We really couldn’t get a handle on what this might do in terms of creating jobs, what it might do for the benefit of the economy, would it cause economic growth or not,” he said.
Mrs. Pelosi and other Democratic leaders say they remain committed to sending an economic plan to the president by their mid-February congressional break.
Tom LoBianco contributed to this report.