"President Barack Obama is making another push for the economic stimulus plan being debated in the Senate, saying that with stakes so high, the nation can't afford the "same partisan gridlock.""
If Obama truly believes that, Obama needs to get the House hyper partisans (Pelosi, Frank, et al.) off the case, and have a truly bipartisan, multi party drafting session to work out a true, bipartisan compromise stimulus package.
As a general rule, if there's an idea that someone proposed before the economic crisis hit, but could never find support or funding for, that idea doesn't belong in the stimulus bill. It's pork.