The Senate and the House have passed an economic stimulus package that adds tax rebates for 20 million senior citizens and 250,000 disabled veterans to a package passed by the House last week.
Senate leaders agreed to drop provisions for extended unemployment benefits, home heating subsidies and tax refunds for coal producers. A version of the bill with those extra provisions was blocked by a filibuster on Wednesday. After Senate Democrats agreed to scale back the range of the package, the bill was approved by an 81-16 vote. House leaders then took up the measure and passed it by a 380-34 vote on Thursday night.
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