Economic stimulus bill passes crucial Senate test

WASHINGTON - The economic stimulus legislation backed by President Barack Obama has passed a key test in the Senate over strong Republican opposition. The vote late Monday was 61-36, one more than the 60 needed. The $827 billion bill is expected to pass the Senate on Tuesday.

The next step would be negotiations with the House on a final compromise. Democratic leaders want to get the bill to the president's desk by the end of the week.