- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 8, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Thursday to have a roughly $1 trillion economic stimulus bill on the floor during the week of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration Jan. 20 and passed through Congress within three weeks.

She said the ambitious timetable was possible because Democrats now have “big, strong majorities” and will soon occupy the White House, allowing the Democrat-led Congress to shift away from its fighting stance.

“We have arrived,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said at a Capitol Hill press conference. “We have the opportunity to move quickly, not hastily, but quickly to get this done.”

However, the massive spending bill is not finished and faces scrutiny from both Democrat and Republican budget hawks.

Mrs. Pelosi could force it through the House, but it will take more than sheer majority muscle to pass the Senate, where Republicans can still tie procedural knots.

The speaker said that if lawmakers couldn’t get the job done by the week-long President’s Day recess that starts Feb. 16, they would have to work through the holiday.

“We can’t go home without an economic stimulus - and we won’t,” Mrs. Pelosi said.

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