Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

In Senate: Debate Slows Stimulus; Clinton Budget Passes. Stimulus Hostage to the 'Killer Amendments.'

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

In Senate: Debate Slows Stimulus; Clinton Budget Passes. Stimulus Hostage to the 'Killer Amendments.'

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The Senate began debate on the President's economic stimulus package (HR 1335) last Thursday afternoon, facing a potential filibuster and two key amendments to derail the administration's efforts to revive local economies. Debate extended well into Thursday night as The Weekly went to press.

President Clinton joined mayom, councilmembers, and governors in a campaign to urge immediate Senate action and to reject any efforts to delay or cut back sharply on any part of the stimulus package:

"I strongly believe we cannot allow this economic recovery to weaken or collapse. This stimulus package is an essential bridge from today's weak recovery to the development of a stronger base for long-term growth. It is an integral part of our economic plan of short-term stimulus, long-term investment and deficit reduction."

Following successful action in the House the week before last, Chairman Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) of the Senate Appropriations Committee took up the NLCsupported, House-passed version of the stimulus bill last Tuesday afternoon. The comnuttee voted out the stimulus bill on a bipartisan basis, gaining support from Republican Senators Specter (Pa.), Hatfield (Ore.), and Stevens (Alaska). The committee made only one change, modifying the formula, but not the funding amount, for the summer jobs program.

"Killer Amendments"

The President and Chairman Byrd both expressed strong opposition and concern about an amendment proposed by Sens. David Boren(D-Okla. …

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