Former presidential rival John McCain expressed disappointment on Friday that President Barack Obama has not negotiated with Republicans over a huge economic stimulus plan and said he is working on an alternative package.
By Steve Holland
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) walks through the halls of the Capitol in Washington January 21, 2009.(Mitch Dumke/Reuters)
Speaking to Reuters, Arizona Sen. McCain said the alternative plan would include what he described as “more effective tax cuts, such as a payroll tax cut” and spending on projects aimed at immediately creating jobs.
“A group of us Republican senators are working on coming up with an alternative package that I would hope would have some elements to it that Americans would support,” said McCain, who lost the November 4 U.S. election to Obama, a Democrat.
“One, we have to have an alternative and two, we still hope that the administration — although time is running out — that the administration will sit down and do some serious negotiating, which they have not done,” he said.