Government bonds firmed up from earlier declines as prospects for a fiscal stimulus plan dwindled. After falling earlier in the session, the 10-year Treasury note was recently unchanged at 99 21/32, yielding 5.04%, while the 30-year bond was up 9/32 to 99 8/32, yielding 5.43%. Bond investors had worried a major spending initiative could push the government budget further into deficit but comments from Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle increasingly suggested the measure would not pass in that chamber.