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By Dan Robinson
Capitol Hill
02 February 2009

The U.S. Senate has begun consideration of economic recovery legislation, as minority Republicans continue to call for changes to a measure President Barack Obama said is critical to address the U.S. economic crisis. Republicans are renewing their opposition to the legislation in its current form.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (file photo)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (file photo)
Before the Senate took up its version, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear that Republicans believe several changes are needed to the legislation as it emerged from a House of Representatives vote last week.


That bill received no support from House Republicans who voiced concern about the effectiveness of a timeline that would distribute about $820 billion to various sectors of the economy. A Senate version now stands at about $890 billion.

Senator McConnell outlined two areas Republicans are focusing on.

"I have indicated where we think it ought to go. Fix housing first, tax relief for middle and lower income taxpayers to put money back in their pockets immediatel," he said.