ST. LOUIS — Sen. Kit Bond said the Senate's version of President Barack Obama's stimulus bill will drive up costs and increase the debt without helping the economy.
The Republican spoke briefly to the media Monday at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis before flying to Washington.
Bond acknowledged that the $827 billion Senate version will likely pass when it comes to a vote on Tuesday. It must still be reconciled with the House's $820 billion version.
Bond said the bill will not stimulate job growth and fails to adequately address problems in the home industry and the credit market. He said his office is getting calls 19-1 against the measure.
Bond's Missouri colleague in the Senate, Democrat Claire McCaskill, supports the bill and even helped craft the Senate version.