WASHINGTON (AP) -- Maine's Susan Collins says time is getting short as House and Senate negotiators reach for a final deal with the White House on economic stimulus legislation.
Conferees from the two chambers today agreed to pare the measure to below $800 billion.
The $838 billion Senate bill that cleared earlier this week had the backing of only three of 41 Republicans -- but that was enough to give it the 60 votes it needed. Collins and fellow Mainer Olympia Snowe were among those who broke ranks with most Republicans.
Collins told reporters today that she hopes other GOP lawmakers would reconsider when the final compromise comes to a vote, rather than -- in her words -- "just reflexively oppose this."
She said the negotiators had "tightened and scrubbed it" to eliminate wasteful spending.
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