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Kohl, Feingold fight efforts to reduce size of now $920 billion Obama spending bill

The Democratic Policy Committee says Wisconsin schools and governments would get less under the Senate's spending bill than the House version.

The agency said the Badger State would get $3.1 billion from the Senate package, compared to $4.3 billion in the House plan.

But the Senate's proposal includes more benefits for individuals including a tax credit of up to $15,000 for anyone who buys a new home.

Wednesday, U.S. Sens. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, both D-Wis., joined other Democrats who fought off efforts to reduce the size of the Obama spending package.

The home-buying credit increased it to around $920 billion, or $100 billion more than what the House approved a week ago.

Among other things, Kohl and Feingold helped Democrats preserve a "Buy American" provision that requires projects to use domestic iron and steel.

But after President Barack Obama expressed concerns, the Senate modified the requirement to make sure that U.S. trade agreements are not violated.

Final Senate action on the stimulus plan could come as early as Friday. Then a conference committee would hammer out the final package.