Westchester County exec heads to D.C. to ask for funds
With the debate over the federal stimulus bill under way, Westchester County Executive Andy Spano will head Wednesday to Washington, D.C. to lobby for additional funds needed to finance county projects.
"The sewage treatment project in Westchester is about $235 million," he says. "That?s a priority for the federal government, and we think part of the stimulus should go to projects like that."
In the meantime, President Barack Obama has been urging senators to pass his economic stimulus package, which now stands at nearly $900 billion. The Obama administration claims the stimulus plan will save or create 4,000,000 jobs within about two years.
"What we can't do is let very modest differences get in the way of the overall package moving forward swiftly," Obama says.
Some Republicans, however, want to see more aid to homeowners and less earmarks.
As a result, Senate democrats are dropping some controversial provisions, including $400 million for sexually transmitted disease prevention and $75 million for anti-smoking programs.
A Senate vote on the stimulus plan has been delayed until Friday or early next week. President Obama has said he wants a version of the bill on his desk by President's Day.