Conferees Named to Negotiate Stimulus
House and Senate party leaders on Tuesday afternoon named conferees to a panel charged with working out differences between the chambers competing economic stimulus bills. House conferees are: Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.), Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Appropriations ranking member Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and Ways and Means ranking member Dave Camp (R-Mich.). Senate conferees are: Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Finance ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Appropriations ranking member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Lawmakers are hoping to negotiate a compromise by the end of the week in order to send a bill to President Barack Obama by Presidents Day. The Senate bill sits at $838 billion, while the House measure stands at $819 billion.