Maine Sen. Susan Collins said she’ll
withdraw her support for the $827 billion economic stimulus bill if
House leaders add back what she describes as ":bloated": spending
The Maine Republican and Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat from
Nebraska, led an effort to cut $100 billion from the package. They
drew up a list of $77 billion in spending cuts and $30 billion in
savings by scaling back tax breaks.
Collins said she told President Barack Obama that she won’t
support the measure without the cuts. She said Obama assured her
he’d continue to work with her.
The Senate vote is expected on Tuesday.