- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 10, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economic stimulus legislation backed by President Barack Obama has passed a key test in the Senate over strong Republican opposition.

The vote late Monday was 61-36, one more than the 60 needed. The $827 billion bill is expected to pass the Senate on Tuesday.

The next step would be negotiations with the House on a final compromise. Democratic leaders want to get the bill to the president’s desk by the end of the week.

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