A Push to Help the Troubled Economy

In his final State of the Union address, Bush urged Congress to pass his economic stimulus package.

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Despite such tepid reviews, there was at least something in the State of the Union address that most Americans welcomed—the economic stimulus package. Bush urged Congress to approve his version, a $150 billion plan that would send 117 million taxpayers rebates of between $300 per person and $1,200 per family and provide $50 billion in business tax breaks to encourage new investment. The House passed its own measure, and the Senate was preparing a more generous alternative; when the final version is enacted, it will probably take a couple of months for the government to send out the rebate checks.