NPR logo Bush Says He Will Sign $150B Stimulus Bill


Bush Says He Will Sign $150B Stimulus Bill

Brian Naylor on the Stimulus Bill

  • Download
  • <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

President Bush said Friday that he will sign an expanded $150-billion stimulus package approved by the Senate, a measure likely to quickly pass in the House despite objections.

The plan would rush $600-$1,200 checks to many American consumers in hopes their spending will spur the faltering economy.

"We are in a period of economic uncertainty and we've acted again," Bush told a conservative conference. "I want to thank the members (of Congress) for passing a good piece of legislation, which I will sign into law next week."

The Senate changes add some 20 million seniors and a quarter-million disabled veterans living on social security to those getting rebate checks. They, along with other low income people, will receive $300.

Most middle income taxpayers earning up to $75,000 will get $600 dollar checks, while couples filing jointly will receive $1,200. Families with children would get an extra $300 per child.

Senate Democrats were forced to back off from a proposal to extend jobless benefits as part of the stimulus. The measure could reach the president's desk by the end of the week.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.