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Congress negotiators to meet on stimulus deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional negotiators have scheduled a meeting for 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) to go over details of a compromise economic stimulus bill, aides said on Wednesday.

The scheduling of the meeting was an indication that closed-door talks that went late into Tuesday were productive and that Democrats are nearly ready to send the bill -- that would cost around $800 billion -- to the full House of Representatives and Senate for final passage.

President Barack Obama, who has said the stimulus package is essential to avert a deeper recession, wants to have a bill to sign into law by this weekend.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Eric Beech

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