The stage is being set for a clash between a top Senate Democrat on one side and the White House and House leaders on the other over an economic stimulus package.
Max Baucus of Montana, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Monday unveiled a $156-billion stimulus plan that gives rebates to senior citizens living off Social Security. It also provides for an extension of unemployment benefits.
Those provisions weren't in the stimulus plan agreed to by the White House and House leaders. And the administration had warned against adding to it, saying that could mean the whole stimulus plan would come apart.
The House is getting ready to vote Tuesday on the plan agreed to last week, which would give rebates of up to $600 to most income earners. There'd be bigger rebates for couples and for families with children.
But now, Baucus is planning a vote Wednesday on the measure with the add-ons. He says it will give America's seniors "the same rebate as any wage earner."