Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said any amount of deficit spending on the bill leaves him "unsatisfied" and he would prefer that the bill contain "zero" spending that isn't offset. But, so far, Democrats don't have any additional ideas besides what's already included in the bill on how to pay for measure.
Unspent stimulus funds are circulating as one possibility, but Nelson said it would depend on what programs would be affected. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) earlier Tuesday suggested using the unobligated balance of stimulus funds, but those are down to around $50 billion of the initial $787 billion and are running out quickly.