Stimulus bill close to passage in DC; millions for Alaska projects

The massive economic stimulus package under debate in Washington is moving toward final passage in the U.S. Congress. Democratic leaders in the House and Senate announced today that they’ve reached common ground on their different versions. Exactly what that means for Alaska isn’t yet known. The State anticipates getting around $1 billion, but the House and Senate versions have substantial differences. One major difference is in infrastructure funding: the House bill includes about $240 million for Alaska’s highway and bridge projects, while the Senate version runs $100 million less. The final bill is expected to be somewhere in between.

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, DC

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