Reuters UK | Sun-Feb 8, 2009 | Jeff Mason
Obama demands speed on stimulus
Senators continued to spar over the price tag as they debated the package in a rare Saturday session.
Republican Senator Jeff Sessions said it would cost some $40 billion a year just to service the additional debt that resulted from the spending portions of the bill.
"How big is $40 billion? That's the annual road budget, the annual highway budget for the United States of America. That's a lot of money," Sessions said.
Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter predicted the bill would pass the Senate vote with his support and that of at least two other Republicans -- Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine.