Winners and losers in stimulus bill

WASHINGTON — As the stimulus plan works its way toward President Obama's desk, plenty of political winners and losers are emerging: Education made out; bipartisanship, not so much.

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The winners:

• Obama. He used his popularity and bully pulpit to get the notoriously sluggish Congress to work through the huge package in relatively short order.

• Senate moderates, specifically Susan Collins, R-Maine., and Ben Nelson, D-Neb. They helped broker a deal that ultimately cut $100 billion.

• Education. The measure includes a $25 billion down payment on K-12 school reforms and $47 billion to prevent cuts in state aid to school districts.

• Big government. The package melds an unprecedented level of spending and tax cuts, and it marks an extraordinary intervention of government into people's lives.

• General Motors. The struggling automaker got a tax break worth $3.2 billion.

The losers:

• Bipartisanship. So much for all that talk. Obama wanted broad support from members of both political parties. A largely party line vote is expected on final passage.

• House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She struggled to control liberals who demanded more spending, and didn't include Republicans in the process from the start.

• Homebuilders. They saw a $39 billion tax break that would have provided a $15,000 tax credit for homebuyers scaled back substantially.

Winners and losers in stimulus bill 02/12/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 13, 2009 9:40am]

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