I read that Pres. Obama has worked to remove from the economic stimulus package the funding for contraception that Catholic Speaker of the House Pelosi (D-CA) was so quick to defend.
Neither Republicans nor Obama have indicated where they may be willing to make changes to the legislation, but both sides have said they don’t have any "pride of authorship" of the huge package.
In a sign that Obama may be willing to compromise, officials said the president made a personal appeal to House Democrats to jettison from the package family planning funds for low-income people. Republicans have criticized the provision as an example of wasteful spending that would neither create jobs nor otherwise improve the economy.
"He asked them to take it out he established a set of principles for spending to boost economic growth over the course of a two-year period and the contraceptive funding was not part of those principles," said Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton. Burton said the contraceptive funding issue had become a "lightning rod" and that without it the large bill had a better chance of winning bipartisan support.