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.