Pa. Sen. Specter predicts stimulus passage

February 7, 2009 7:59:54 PM PST
Sen. Arlen Specter says he plans to vote for a slimmed-down stimulus package and predicts there's enough support from his fellow moderate Republicans for it to pass. Pennsylvania's senior senator spoke to reporters in Philadelphia on Saturday. He says the $110 billion that moderate Republicans had gotten cut from the package made it more palatable.

Democrats need some Republican support to get 60 votes on Monday to shut off debate and bring the bill to a vote.

Specter says he doesn't like deficit spending because it leaves the bill for future generations. But he says doing nothing could send the nation from a recession into a depression, which he says would be a worse consequence for the future.

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