Senate passes Obama's economic recovery plan

WASHINGTON - (AP) - President Barack Obama's economic recoveryplan has passed the Senate and is on its way to difficultHouse-Senate negotiations.

Just three Republicans helped pass the plan on a 61-37 vote andthey're already signaling they'll play hardball to preserve morethan $108 billion in spending cuts made last week in Senatedealmaking. Obama wants to restore cuts in funds for schoolconstruction jobs and help for cash-starved states.

Those cuts are among the major differences between the $819billion House version of Obama's plan and a Senate bill costing$838 billion. Obama has warned of a deepening economic crisis ifCongress fails to act. He wants a bill completed by the weekend.

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