Dems to vote on stimulus package

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The Associated Press

Senate Democrats will move today to add to a $150 billion economic stimulus package that includes rebates for senior citizens living on Social Security and an extension of unemployment benefits.

The action will likely set up a clash with the White House and House leaders who are pushing a narrower package.

As the House planned a vote Tuesday on a plan that would speed rebates of up to $600 to most income earners – more for couples and families with children – the Senate was planning to draft its own measure with the add-ons, said senior Senate aides in both parties, speaking on condition of anonymity because the package is not yet final.

The move was in defiance of admonitions from the Bush administration not to risk derailing the deal with changes, and it threatened to slow what was shaping up as an extraordinarily rapid trip through Congress for the stimulus measure.