WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Congressional leaders in Washington on both side of the aisle have indicated a new economic stimulus package should be enacted soon.
The shape of a new package is undetermined, but preliminary discussions show signs of partisan divisions, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.
"Clearly, a significant initiative is required to promote job creation and economic growth," U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wrote to Democratic members this week.
House Republican leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he agreed "wholeheartedly that Congress should take additional measures to get our economy back on track."
"And we should not wait until January," he said.
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has proposed a $150 billion package that includes spending on infrastructure, extended unemployment benefits, energy assistance for low-income families and tax breaks for businesses.
But, Boehner said constituents weren't looking for "pork-barrel spending masquerading as stimulus."
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said U.S. President George Bush would consider a stimulus bill but objected to extending unemployment benefits and funding infrastructure projects, the Times reported.