Biden Sees Changes Coming to Stimulus

By Teddy Davis

Jan 29, 2009 8:49pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports:

Vice President Joe Biden told CNBC on Thursday that he expects to see changes to President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package as it makes its way through Congress. 

"Well, my guess is you’re going to see maybe some additional infrastructure spending, you may see some changes in some of the things that have been put forward by the House in terms of spending, and maybe even some changes in the tax side," said Biden according to a transcript released by CNBC.

Asked if he was referring to more tax cuts when he said that he envisions "some changes in the tax side," Biden said, "Well, I — that may occur. . . ."

Speaking of the package as a whole, Biden said, "I think it’s good. I think you’ll see it get better and I also think you’ll see Republicans voting for it."

Biden also discussed the hotly debated Employee Free Choice Act.

The legislation would allow workers to form a union by obtaining a majority of signatures from employees in a workplace. It would strip business of the right to demand a secret election.

Obama supports the legislation but during a Jan. 16 interview with The Washington Post, he seemed in no hurry to have Congress consider it.

"If we’re losing half a million jobs a month, then there are no jobs to
unionize, so my focus first is on those key economic priority items," said
Obama, declining to say whether he wanted to see the issue debated in 2009.

In his interview with CNBC, Biden was asked if the Obama administration would not move on the issue until 2010.

"No, no, no, no," said Biden. "This year. This year, we hope. Our expectation is this year, this calendar year, that we will move, and hopefully with some bipartisan support, to dealing with this issue."

Biden’s interview was conducted by CNBC’s John Harwood, a political writer for The New York Times and author of "Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power."

ABC News’ Ferdous Al-Faruque contributed to this report.

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