Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Report: Stimulus Agreement Reached

by Bill McBride on 2/11/2009 11:20:00 AM

Update: CNBC: Tentative Accord Reached On Smaller Stimulus Plan

The White House and key congressional negotiators have tentatively settled on a $790 billion price tag for President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan, Democratic aides on Capitol Hill said.

The aides said one way negotiators are trimming the measure's cost below the $838 billion plan that passed the Senate Tuesday is to pare back Obama's signature "Making Work Pay" tax credit for 95 percent of workers.

This should be cut to $400 a year instead of $500. A married couple would get $800 instead of the $1,000 initially proposed by Obama.
Update: WSJ: Deal Nears on Stimulus Plan
Under the framework coming together, lawmakers would trim the cost of Senate-approved tax cuts intended to spur auto and home sales, but would preserve a measure intended to shield millions of middle-income Americans from the alternative minimum tax, a levy originally designed to hit the wealthy.

Among other things, a signature Obama tax cut—the payroll tax holiday for workers –would be scaled back, under the framework being negotiated.
One headlines says "reach", the other "near" ... It sounds like a deal is close, and the stimulus package will likely be smaller than either the House or Senate versions.