Any economic stimulus plan considered by Congress should include proposals for infrastructure spending and state aid, economists told members of the Senate Budget Committee at a hearing yesterday.

Senate Democratic leaders unveiled a $100 billion package this week with infrastructure and housing program spending, with the intention that it be considered over the lame-duck session this month. But lawmakers have said that Republican opposition to a large stimulus bill will delay consideration of the measure until January, when President-elect Barack Obama and a Congress with a larger Democratic majority take office.

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