WASHINGTON--A Senate panel approved major portions of the Democrats' "stimulus" bill on Tuesday over objections from Republicans that debate had been squelched and not even one hearing had been held on the topic.
"The goal of this package is to find ways to stimulate the private sector through public-sector spending," said Committee Chair Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii). "We have no interest in enlarging the federal bureaucracy."
Yet a failure to act, Inouye said, could result in economic problems for years to come.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 21 to 9 to pass the spending package … Read more