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Ryan questions whether mega spending bill would create Wisconsin jobs

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Ryan questions whether mega spending bill would create Wisconsin jobs
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The White House says the proposed economic spending bill would create 74,000 jobs in Wisconsin.

But U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., of Janesville questions that figure.

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He says most of the spending in the nearly $900 billion package won't stimulate the economy and anything that does would be "very slow and very small."

President Obama disputes that. And he took to the major television networks Tuesday to rally support for the package.

Senate Republicans killed an effort to add $25 billion for more highway, transit and water projects.

U.S. Sens. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, both D-Wis., voted in favor of that money.

Feingold said any amendments must stimulate the economy, otherwise, they should be paid for with cuts elsewhere.

A final Senate vote on the package is expected Thursday.

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