The death of the economic stimulus package in the U.S. Senate has resulted in charges that political games are being played. Senator Kit Bond is pointing a finger at the Leader of the Senate. The stimulus package passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and there were more than 50 votes needed to get the measure through the U.S. Senate and sent to President Bush’s desk. But Senate Leader Tom Daschle, an opponent of the bill, refused to bring it up for a vote. That rankles Senator Bond, who claims Daschle is playing politics. Daschle, who controls the Senate agenda, refused to schedule a vote unless he knew ahead of time there were 60 votes in favor of the stimulusbill. There’s a chance the measure will be re-introduced … but Senator Bond says that is not likely.
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