Business experts from across the political spectrum are advising President-elect Barack Obama's transition team that an economic recovery package must cost more than $600 billion over two years.
Obama's economic team has solicited the opinions of a number of economists, including former advisers to Republican presidential candidate John McCain. The recommendations range from $400 billion in just one year to $1 trillion over two years, according to Obama officials.
The Obama team has not settled on a figure. But the advice represents a far bigger infusion than Obama advisers had initially envisioned. A huge stimulus package could run into Republican opposition in Congress.