Politics & Government

February 10, 2009 12:42 AM

Despite the election, stimulus talks still hinge on GOP

The three Republican mavericks — Maine's Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter — are vital to reaching any compromise. Their votes on final passage of any compromise are seen as fragile but crucial, since Democrats control 58 Senate seats and need 60 to cut off debate and to pass any measure that expands the federal deficit.

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