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Economic Stimulus Bill Passes Crucial Senate Test

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By DAVID ESPO
AP Special Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The economic stimulus legislation backed by
President Barack Obama has passed a key test in the Senate over
strong Republican opposition.

The vote late Monday was 61-36, one more than the 60 needed. The
$827 billion bill is expected to pass the Senate on Tuesday.

The next step would be negotiations with the House on a final
compromise. Democratic leaders want to get the bill to the
president's desk by the end of the week.

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