Skip to comments.Senate to Take up Rare Bipartisan Jobs Bill
Posted on 02/04/2010 5:35:00 PM PST by mdittmar
Senate leaders plan to pass a jobs bill next week featuring tax breaks for employers that hire unemployed workers, a rare bipartisan effort in an election-year Congress sharply divided along political lines.
"We want to work with the Republicans and it appears to me, on the jobs program, they want to work with us," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters. "We do believe very emphatically that we will be having a bipartisan bill."
The Senate will start work on the bill Monday, Reid said. If the bill is passed by the end of next week, when the Senate takes a President's Day break, it would hand President Barack Obama a badly needed political victory.
Passage of a bipartisan bill would contrast sharply with the way Congress has done business for the past year, reflecting the Democrats' diminished power since Republican Scott Brown scored a stunning victory last month in a special Senate election in Massachusetts. With Brown seated Thursday, Senate Democrats no longer have a filibuster-proof majority in the body, meaning they need at least some Republican support to pass legislation.
Democrats believe a jobs bill that includes tax breaks Republicans support is a good way to break the ice, while also reflecting Obama's renewed emphasis on creating jobs. Also, lawmakers worried about re-election in the midst of double-digit unemployment want to be seen as helping the 7 million Americans who have lost their jobs in the recession.
(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...
The republicans now have some power to make up a good bill with massive tax cuts for small businesses. If they play their cards right, this might fly!
Yep, Republicans are being played for suckers, and they’ll get blamed as more liberal ideas are ‘snuck’ in by Democrats and it fails to create jobs
If the GOP had a clue they would set up their own network and lambaste the shitty propagandists at the "networks" on a regular basis.
Great point & you are absolutely correct. And Yes, it goes without saying that demoRATs (and most Repub politicians unfortunately) are too stupid and they simply can't, won't, and will never be able to understand this. They are steeped in socialist-marxism, which means that they think "gubmint" creates jobs & wealth.
I am going to call up my liberal turd Tim Walz MN-D1 tomorrow and scream & holler at whoever takes the phone. And I am going to slam this statement right in their socialist commie pig faces... Ohhh I hate these socialist demoRAT bastards!!!
Did you hear Dingy today? There is no bill. They allegedly talked among themselves and came up with “great” ideas which were apparently not evident the first time around. My prediction is that this will consist of extending unemployment and keeping state and union employees on the payroll plus the totally ineffective idea of a 5,000 tax credit for hiring someone when there is no work to do.
They want a vote on a non-existent bil.
Hold on to your wallets. This bill is bound to have pork in it.
Scott Brown was asked about this during his presser. And he stated that “since the first one created NOT ONE JOB,” he had no interest in another.
41 Bushes to blame.
Well I don't believe it. Everyone of these clowns need to be purged.
The GOP should include the Pres Bush tax cuts in any jobs bill
And if they hire an employed worker who is a better fit for the job, doesn’t that create an opening from that worker’s old position?
Ugh, I hate such government meddling in the market just so a bunch of incumbent pols can create a count of jobs they supposedly created.
Good for Brown!
I’m sorry, but WTF is a “jobs” bill? Do these people think they just need to pass a “jobs bill” and the jobs will appear like magic? Hell, too bad they didn’t invent the concept of a “jobs bill” during the Great Depression.
Politicians and bureaucrats don’t create jobs. They need to cut taxes and regulations to create jobs....and then get the f out of the way.
2/3 of the original stimulus bill is being saved to stimulate the economy right before election time and the GOP wants to help them get more now ? Please tell me this is a joke.
Jobs Bill = print more money and give it to the unemployed so they don’t march on DC with tar, feathers, and nooses.
Amen. Just get your damn ape hands off the economy you damn, dirty apes.
Uh..I’m not an economist but I’m not sure why it’s such a horrible thing to pass tax cuts? The effect may be minimal but unless can point to how this is hurtful I’m for it.
Now do I believe it’s as simple as decribed? Of course not. If they start loading it with pork, legislation unrelated to a simple tax cut or even move to sneak in more “stimulas” Obama’s administration will pass off to their allies then I reject it.
But I don’t care about political optics only good policy. A simple tax cut won’t have me demanding they filibuster.
Here’s the best agenda.
Less taxes, less spending, less government...
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.