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Senate approves $100 billion stimulus package for Dems

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the Senate’s bipartisan stimulus package (all times local):11:20 p.m.

A Senate panel has approved a $100.4 billion stimulus bill, a package that would help the economy rebound from the worst financial crisis in modern times.

The bill passed the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday evening, 53-40, with Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the chairman of the panel, voting in favor.

Brown has long been an advocate for the stimulus package.

But in the end, he said Wednesday, he didn’t want to vote for a package without the $800 billion stimulus.

The bill would help to rebuild the country’s economy, he told reporters.

The Senate also approved the latest version of the bill, which includes a $200 billion boost for farmers and other industries, along with a $250 billion boost in Pell grants to help people graduate from college.