WASHINGTON - Senate conferees announced yesterday afternoon that they had reached an agreement on a $789 billion economic stimulus bill, paving the way for House and Senate approval of a final bill that lawmakers hope to send President Obama before next week.

However, while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., insisted that there was agreement on the bill, House members were no-shows at a meeting of conferees that had to be postponed and were unavailable for comment at press time. The exact details of the bond and other provisions in the package were not expected to emerge until last night.

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