Stimulus bill votes may come today

House and Senate votes may begin today on an $800 billion federal economic-stimulus package that includes $100 billion for education, nearly twice the U.S. Education Department's fiscal 2009 discretionary budget. Many Republicans are expected to vote against the measure, saying it fails to spur immediate improvements in the economy and will saddle today's children with debt. As it stands, the compromise bill includes $53.6 billion in state aid, $13 billion for Title I and $11.7 billion for special education.

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