January 30th, 2009
01:42 PM ET
7 months ago

Senate bracing for a 'hard slog' on stimulus bill

The economic stimulus bill goes to the Senate on Monday, in what's expected to be a tough debate.
The economic stimulus bill goes to the Senate on Monday, in what's expected to be a tough debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrats admit it's going to be a tough fight in getting President Obama's economic stimulus plan passed with bipartisan support, but they are optimistic it can still be done.

On Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said it's going to be a "long hard slog" with "late nights" after the $900 billion bill comes to the Senate floor Monday night. "It is up to us how long this takes," Reid added. "We hope we can work things out."

The full Senate will vote on its version next Wednesday. Should the Senate and House pass different versions, the two bills would have to be conferenced together. Then both chambers would have to vote on the new conference version in the coming weeks.

The president hopes to have the plan passed by Congress and on his desk for signing by mid-February.

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