February 3rd, 2009 12:11 EST
President Obama to pump Stimulus Plan
Washington-- U.S. President Barack Obama is opening the doors of his office to the media, part of a push for a huge plan to boost the failing economy.
Mr. Obama is scheduled to spend Tuesday in a series of interviews with the major U.S. television networks, just as the U.S. Senate begins voting on amendments to the package.
The price tag for the Senate version of the plan is nearing $900 billion, and has been criticized by members of the president`s own party, and the Republican opposition.
Democratic lawmakers say they want the package to do more for struggling homeowners, while Republicans argue more tax cuts are needed to encourage spending.
Already, Democrats have agreed to drop two controversial programs: $400 million to help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and $75 million for anti-smoking campaigns.
President Barack Obama urged lawmakers Monday to not let "modest differences" delay passage of the measure.
A version of the bill was approved in the House of Representatives last week, without a single Republican voting in favor of the measure.
The U.S. economy - the world`s biggest - is in a recession. The country lost 2.6 million jobs last year and already has seen tens of thousands more layoffs this year.