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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called for a two-part economic stimulus package that would include up to $100 billion in aid by the end of the year, followed early next year by some form of permanent tax cut, according to a published report.

Pelosi (D., Calif) told

The Wall Street Journal

that she hoped to get a "two month jump" on the aid by passing something during the lame duck session of Congress that begins this month. Democrats, however, would take a "longer view" once the party and president-elect Barack Obama take over in January, she said.

The speaker said she preferred a payroll tax cut over a rebate, like the first round of stimulus, or capital gains tax cuts favored by Republicans.

She also said she was inclined to assist the struggling U.S

auto industry

, as long as government assistance goes towards fostering competitiveness. Automakers like

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