Senate Passed President Barack Obama's Economic Recovery Plan Tuesday
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House and key congressional democrats are trying to hammer out a final compromise on an economic stimulus package.
The negotiators, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, held a lengthy meeting at the capitol to begin working out the differences between the $838 billion version passed by the Senate Tuesday and the House version.
Democratic officials say it appears the bill that will arrive on the president's desk may be in the range of $800 billion to keep the support of senate republican moderates.
The officials also say key details are still unresolved.
The President wants to restore money to build and repair schools and to give cash-starved states more help with their budget problems.
Almost $60 billion for those two programs alone was cut at the insistence of gop moderates.
They are demanding that the final bill resemble the Senate measure.