Obama pushes stimulus plan
US: President-elect Barack Obama warned on Thursday the U.S.
economy could stay mired in recession for years without bold action and
he urged lawmakers to work day and night to pass a massive stimulus
Obama, who takes office on Jan. 20, promised to set a new course for
the economy and to quickly toughen the financial regulatory system.
"I don't believe it's too late to change course, but it will be if we
don't take dramatic action as soon as possible," Obama said in speech on
the economy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
"If nothing is done, this recession could linger for years. The
unemployment rate could reach double digits."But he gave few new details
about the package of tax cuts and public-works spending likely to cost
$800 billion or more, and some senators from his own Democratic Party
said they were not sure he was going to get "the biggest bang for the
Wall Street showed disappointment that Obama did not offer more
specifics. The Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 1 percent
in midafternoon trading, but recovered to close down 27.24 points or
On the day, Congress formally confirmed him as the winner of the Nov.
4 election to take over from Republican President George W. Bush, Obama
is about to inherit an economy that has been in recession for more than
Obama is seeking approval by mid-February of the proposed stimulus
package he is crafting in close consultation with the Democratic-led
In addition to the fiscal package, Obama urged further measures to
shore up confidence in the financial system and restore smooth
functioning of the frozen credit markets.
WASHINGTON, Friday, Reuters