(CNN) – Senior Democratic staffers from House and Senate leadership offices and key committees met Friday's with senior aides on the Obama transition team to discuss the broad outlines of an economic stimulus package, according to one senior Democratic congressional source.
This House aide said leaders and staff have had frequent discussions with the Obama team about the stimulus over the last couple of weeks, but the latest was far bigger. “We presented them with our ideas and they talked to us about their ideas.” The discussions will continue next week, with some paper exchanged between the Hill and the transition office.
The aide insisted no decisions have been made on the price tag, and pushed back on the higher numbers floating around on the stimulus, which have ranged from $850 billion $1 trillion. “It's not going to be that. I just don’t see it going up to $850 billion,” said the aide, who pointed to the range cited by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier in the week - $500-600 billion - with a majority of the money devoted to infrastructure projects, and the rest designated to fund a middle class tax cut.