STIMULUS ABOUT TO FAIL IN SENATE | A GREAT DAY FOR SANITY

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York Times Online | Sat- Feb 7. 2009

Obama Calls Stimulus Necessary to Save Jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Saturday championed his economic stimulus plan as ''absolutely necessary'' -- if imperfect -- while Republicans dug in against a bill they said hadn't even been written, let alone properly reviewed or sufficiently revised.

''This is still a very big spending bill,'' Kyl said during a rare Saturday session on the Hill. ''You can't fix it by simply shaving a little bit off.''

He also sought to bring Republicans into the mix, pledging to listen to them, praising the late-Friday negotiations.

GOP leaders, however, said the rhetoric didn't match what was written.

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