Obama enters decisive week on economy

Under pressure to win passage of a stimulus bill by week’s end, the president plans a mini-tour and prime-time news conference to build support, while a key speech by the Treasury chief is delayed.
By James Oliphant
The Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2009
Reporting from Washington — With the Obama administration facing a make-or-break week to enact a massive economic stimulus package, officials ramped up pressure on lawmakers Sunday to waste no time sending the bill to the president for his signature.

President Obama plans to hit the road to sell the package directly to the American public. He’ll spend today in Indiana and Tuesday in Florida, talking with communities that have been hard hit by the recession. And tonight, in Washington, he’ll hold his first prime-time news conference, with the economy likely to be Topic A.

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