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See What People Are Saying About... Gov't Sending Consumers Money

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With a timely endorsement from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, there's new life to the idea of Congress returning to Washington next month to pass a second round of measures aimed at injecting life into the economy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and fellow congressional Democrats are pushing a package that could cost as much as $150 billion or more.

As part of that package, Pelosi wants to resurrect a $61 billion House-passed measure that included about $37 billion in public works spending, $6 billion to extend jobless benefits, $15 billion to help states pay their Medicaid bills and $3 billion in food stamp assistance for the poor.

Democrats also are considering a second round of tax rebates to follow the $600-$1,200 checks most individuals and couples got earlier this year.

That money, going directly to consumers in hopes they would spend it, could push the price tag much higher.

That leads to our Fast Money Reader Poll. Do you think a second stimulus package should include money going directly to consumers?




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