AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine’s Democratic governor is praising the state’s two Republican senators for bucking immense pressure and lining up in support of President Obama’s economic stimulus package.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, Gov. John Baldacci expressed thanks to Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins for standing for what is right for Maine and the nation.

Baldacci also applauded the work of Democratic Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree for helping to lay the foundation of the final stimulus bill.

The governor said the purpose of the legislation is to create jobs, reduce the burden on working Americans and small businesses, and build an infrastructure that will strengthen the nation’s economy.

He said the stimulus package won’t solve all of the problems, but he hopes it will be a giant step forward.