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Senators want seniors to get rebate checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats will move to add to a $150 billion economic stimulus package rebates for senior citizens living off Social Security and an extension of unemployment benefits, senior aides said Monday.

The move sets up a clash with the White House and House leaders who are pushing a narrower package.

As the House planned a vote Tuesday on a plan that would speed rebates of up to $600 to most income earners — more for couples and families with children — the Senate was planning to draft its own measure with the add-ons, said senior Senate aides in both parties, speaking on condition of anonymity because the package is not yet final.

The move was in defiance of admonitions from the Bush administration not to risk derailing the deal with changes, and it threatened to slow what was shaping up as an extraordinarily rapid trip through Congress for the stimulus measure.

Adding rebates for senior citizens living solely off Social Security checks — who are ineligible under the plan hatched by House leaders and the White House — would likely mean doling out smaller rebates overall, shrinking the size of the payments from $600 to $500, according to a senior Senate aide.

President Bush planned to use his State of the Union address on Monday night to call on Congress to move quickly on the agreement, the White House said.

Bush will tell Congress, and specifically the Senate, not to delay or derail this agreement, said Dana Perino, the White House spokeswoman.

Still, pressure from the elderly and labor unions — both politically potent forces — is spurring senators from both parties to call for the extras.

The House plan leaves out some 20 million seniors, according to the AARP.
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January 28, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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