Collins Won’t Support Stimulus Unless Cuts Stand 

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 &quot:bloated&quot: 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.