A second economic stimulus package gained sudden momentum after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged Congress to consider a new plan and the White House said President Bush was "open" to the idea.
Bernanke's remarks before the House Budget Committee marked his first endorsement of another round of energizing stimulus, something that Democrats on Capitol Hill have been pushing. The idea got a further push when the Bush administration, which has been cool to the notion, offered to consider fresh proposals.
"With the economy likely to be weak for several quarters, and with some risk of a protracted slowdown, consideration of a fiscal package by the Congress at this juncture seems appropriate," Bernanke testified.
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