Obama Proposes $50 Billion Local Aid Package

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President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to quickly pass a $50 billion aid package for state and local governments.

He said they need the money to prevent layoffs of policemen, firefighters and teachers.

However, the measure is a tough sell on Capitol Hill. Members of both parties have been worried about record-breaking deficits.

Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the president's latest spending plan came as a surprise.

"Steny and I and other leaders were at the White House on Thursday and this subject never came up," Boehner said. "There was no indication that this was going to happen and I'm asking myself, 'Why is this happening on saturday night?' The fact is the spending spree in Washington is continuing to run unabated. The American people are screaming at the top of their lungs, 'Stop!'"

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., suggests the money for the measure will come from last year's $862 billion stimulus bill. Much of that money has not been spent yet.

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