President Barack Obama is calling on lawmakers to act on the economy with the
"same sense of urgency" most Americans feel every day.
Mr. Obama (Tuesday) urged Senators to pass an economic stimulus package, promising the plan will allow the government to boost the failing economy "swiftly" and "wisely."
The U.S. Senate is voting on amendments to the package today, at the same time that the president opens the doors of his office to the media (for a series of interviews with the major U.S. television networks) to promote the almost 900-billion-dollar plan.
The Senate version of the plan has been criticized by members of the president's own Democratic Party, as well as 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.