House Democratic leaders are pushing for Congress to return for a lame duck session after the Nov. 4 election to take up a second economic stimulus bill, which will likely include infrastructure grants for state and local governments that could total nearly $300 billion.

However, in order to pass any package they put together, they will have to overcome a separate proposal from House Republicans, a skeptical Bush administration, and a divided Senate that has balked at passing such legislation in the past.

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