Stimulus deal in trouble again?

The House vote on the bill has been pushed back to Friday, and there's reportedly still some disagreement over funds for school modernization.

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 12, 2009 5:50PM (EST)

It's been almost 24 hours since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced an agreement on the stimulus, and the deal still might not truly be final.

Thursday brought signs that there were still some kinks left to be worked out. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi abruptly canceled a scheduled press conference, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told the Democratic caucus that the chamber would not vote on the bill until Friday.

Ostensibly, the delay is to allow members a chance to actually read the bill, but as CNN reports, there's one specific bit of language House Democrats are focusing on. As was the case on Wednesday, the hold-up appears to be over federal funding for public schools and exactly how it will or won't be allocated.

Still, for now at least, it appears this stumbling block is only a minor one, and that the House will be able to vote on the bill by Friday.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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