President-elect Barack Obama is expected to begin working on passing an economic stimulus package even before he takes office.

Congress will begin a lame-duck session later this month in which it is expected to consider a short-term stimulus package to boost the economy. Likewise, Obama has proposed a stimulus package estimated to cost between $175 billion and $190 billion. Among the provisions is a windfall profits tax on oil company income, which would be used to provide families with a $1,000 emergency energy rebate.

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