The $789 billion plan cuts taxes and shores up safety net. But how long will its benefits last?
House and Senate negotiators crafted a deal Wednesday, pushing for floor votes this week. Tax cuts make up about a third of the total expenditure.
Senate's $838 billion package of tax cuts and new spending must be reconciled with the House bill. There may be little room to maneuver.
The Senate is likely to vote Tuesday on its version. Talks with the House are already beginning.
Many students need extra aid to pay spring-semester tuition.
A new report shows signs of moderation in rate hikes. But the economic downturn could quickly send prices up.