Republicans Want Pre-Election Economic Stimulus

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
An aide to house Republican leader John Boehner says the house GOP is demanding that majority democrats call Congress back into session before the elections to pass a measure to stimulate the economy.

A passer-by walks past an electronic stock board in downtown Tokyo Friday, Oct. 10, 2008. Japanese shares nose-dived more than 10 percent in morning trade Friday as panicked investors dumped stocks following massive overnight losses on Wall Street and on growing fears over a global recession. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 974.12 points, or 10.64 percent, to close the morning session at 8,183.37. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Washington (AP) An aide to house Republican leader John Boehner says the house GOP is demanding that majority democrats call Congress back into session before the elections to pass a measure to stimulate the economy.

Kevin Smith, Boehner's spokesman, said today that GOP leaders will unveil their proposal later in the day.

Their call comes as democrats hold meetings at the capitol with economic experts. They are considering convening Congress after the Nov. 4 elections to pass an economic aid measure costing as much as $150 billion.

Republicans' move also follows evidence that the financial meltdown is battering republican John McCain's presidential bid, as well as the chances of GOP house and senate candidates.

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