Senate Stimulus Vote Expected by Tonight

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The House is set to pass the final stimulus deal today, with the Senate to follow as early as this evening. The one sticking point is Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who is attending his mother’s funeral today and has to return to Washington for the vote. Brown’s vote is critical in this case because the ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) won’t be able to make it to the Capitol this time, meaning that the stimulus will likely slip past the finish line with the bare minimum of 60 votes needed to break a threatened filibuster.

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