But the jobs market remains weak despite the stimulus, and may remain so for some time, officials say.
White House economist Christina Romer said Thursday that the stimulus package's impact on the economy will weaken from here on.
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Despite the job losses, the stimulus acted to check the precipitous decline in GDP, according to the Obama adviser.
Even as the president urges Senate Democrats to move quickly, a Congressional Budget Office ruling lowers a hurdle that tripped up the Clinton-era reform effort.
In practice, the populist solution is not as simple or as effective as it sounds.
Pentagon's generous budget is not likely to see cuts soon, even if Iraq war starts to wind down.