Tuesday Anderson sits down with President Obama at the White House to talk about a range of issues. The economy naturally will be a big focus.
Fifteen days into his presidency, Mister Obama is pressing Congress hard to have a stimulus bill on his desk by mid-month. Meantime, the dismal economic news keeps coming.
Every day it seems, more companies announce more job cuts, and economists tell us another facet of the economy has hit either another all-time low (or high, when low is the goal). As the Senate takes up its version of the stimulus bill, the president is getting more pushback from Republicans. Still, Mister Obama has been playing down what he calls "modest differences" between Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
The House, as you know, passed its $819 billion version of the economic stimulus package last week. The near-$900 billion package before the Senate is very similar to the House bill, with a few key differences: The Senate bill adds $70 billion in Alternative Minimum Tax relief for working families and $17 billion to give $300 payments to seniors, disabled people and others who can't work. It also would suspend taxes on unemployment benefits.
Those differences will likely balloon as Senate takes up a number of amendments, including proposals to expand infrastructure spending, lock in low mortgage rates and expand a homebuyers' tax credit.
When Anderson sits down face-to-face with President Obama, there will be plenty to talk about. What would you ask President Obama if you could switch places with Anderson? Let us know what's on your mind.
We'll have Anderson's full interview with the president at 10 pm ET on 360.
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