Lawmakers have votes for $789 billion stimulus: Baucus

Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:48pm EST
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate and House of Representatives negotiators have the votes to approve a $789 billion economic stimulus compromise, Democratic Senator Max Baucus told reporters on Wednesday.

"The votes are there for passage," he told reporters during a lunch break. He said that the negotiators were "very close" to wrapping up and were doing some minor tinkering.

He said it was very possible that the House would vote on Thursday on the compromise and the Senate would follow on Friday, ahead of President Barack Obama's stated goal of getting the measure completed this weekend.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, Susan Cornwell and Donna Smith)

<p>U.S. Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Budget Committee during a hearing on "Policies to Address the Crises in Financial and Housing Markets" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts</p>