House and Senate Agree on Stimulus Package

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Despite all their differences over the stimulus bill, Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate reached a $789 billion compromise in a little over one day.  Though President Obama calls the stimulus package “enormous” in “scope and scale,” it would likely create or save fewer jobs, afford less aid to the states and schools and include much more in tax cuts than he wanted. Most Republicans say it's too expensive, while many supporters complain it won't be enough to restart the economy. We debate the pros and cons and analyze the political fallout for Democrats and Republicans. 

Credits

Guests:
Jonathan Weisman - New York Times - @jonathanweisman, Robert Barro - Professor of Economics, Harvard University, Daniel Gross - Strategy + Business - @grossdm, Ron Brownstein - Atlantic / CNN - @RonBrownstein

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Katie Cooper, Andrea Brody