- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 14, 2002

House Republican leaders today will hold a third vote on an economic-recovery bill, forcing the partisan issue right back into the lap of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.
"The House will not give up in trying to stimulate the economy, so that American workers can get back to work," said Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican. "I am simply not satisfied with the Senate's decision to abandon this effort to create jobs."
The House approved a recession-relief bill in the fall and approved a second, $89 billion measure in December. Mr. Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, refused to allow a vote on it, saying the plan was too heavy on tax relief and did not provide enough help to laid-off workers.
Senate Democrats last month introduced a scaled-down, $69 billion plan, but Republicans defeated it because, they said, it did not contain enough tax relief to create jobs.
The Senate last week approved a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits for about 2 million laid-off workers. It sent that measure to the House, and yesterday House Republican leaders responded with their decision to vote again on the $89 billion plan, including the unemployment extension.
Republican sources said House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, had argued this week against another attempt at an economic-recovery bill.


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