POLITICS
03/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pelosi Ready To Move On Stimulus, Happy To Meet With GOP

Congressional Republicans have been pressuring Democrats to give them 48 hours to review the stimulus package before a vote is called.

The bill has yet to be fully written and released, but a vote is still likely Friday.

The combined House and Senate packages weigh in at more than 1400 pages, a reporter pointed out to Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC).

"So what?" he said. "I'm not a speed-reader, but that's why I have staff." Clyburn said that comparing bills side-by-side to look for changes as the bill has evolved the last several days hasn't taken him long.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she's happy to sit down with House Republican leadership to talk about ways to move the bill forward. "Sure. Sure we'll do that," she said.

"I'm so thrilled to have a bill that's going to be signed by the president. That's pretty exciting," said a genuinely excited-sounding Pelosi walking to her office.

Asked about the involvement of House Republicans in negotiations with President Obama, she said, "I think he had more meetings with them than he had with us."