"President Barack Obama's massive, $790 billion economic stimulus plan is on track for a Friday vote in the House, Democratic leaders say, after a 24-hour delay caused by late, lingering controversy," the AP writes. "The Senate could vote on the package of spending and tax cuts later in the day or over the weekend, sending the measure to Obama's desk and awarding him a crucial victory."
The battle to frame the stimulus continues. The Washington Post: "The compromise stimulus bill adopted by House and Senate negotiators this week is not free of spending that benefits specific communities, industries or groups, despite vows by President Obama that the legislation would be kept clear of pet projects, according to lawmakers, legislative aides and anti-tax groups."
"Stimulus advocates say the GOP complaints are overheated and generally focus on projects that Republicans dislike for ideological reasons. Chad Stone, chief economist at the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, defended the bill. 'The overwhelming bulk of what is in the package is effective and well-designed stimulus,' he said."
For all the talk of small, outrageous items, the Boston Globe looks at how people will actually benefit from the stimulus. "There's almost something for everyone in the $789 billion stimulus package that Congress could approve as soon as today. Help would come in a variety of ways, from an $800 tax credit for working families to a tax break if you buy a new car or a new home. Higher-income families would be spared a tax increase. But the unemployed and low- to middle-income families stand to benefit the most."
Per a release, Organizing for America and the DNC say they've launched a new Web site that highlights stories from ordinary Americans who have been affected by the economic crisis.
By the way, Leon Panetta was confirmed by the Senate yesterday, "placing the nation's top spy agency in the hands of a government veteran valued for his skills as a lawmaker and policy manager rather than an expert at intelligence-gathering and analysis."
And how worried is Rep. John Murtha over the recent FBI raids? "He has expressed no concern whatsoever," Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said in an interview with The Hill.