Jobs Bill to be Voted on by Senate This Week

Jobs Bill to be Voted on by Senate This Week

Republicans help break filibuster.

With help from the GOP, the U.S. Senate is poised to vote on a jobs-creation bill. The $15 billion measure could come to the Senate floor for a vote later this week. Five Republicans and 57 Democrats voted to break a filibuster of the jobs bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he hopes this is the beginning of a new day in the Senate. Republican Senators Christopher Bond, R-Mo., Scott Brown, R-Mass., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, voted to move the measure. Senator Ben Nelson, D-Neb., voted against the move.

 

Reid lost the public support of several Republicans after discarding the $85 billion jobs package negotiated by Senators Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, in favor of a narrower bill favored by liberals. The bill does not contain an extension of the $31 billion package of extensions of expiring tax breaks, including the biodiesel tax incentive eagerly sought by Senate Republicans.

 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., complained that Republicans were not allowed to offer amendments to the latest jobs bill, even though they also have proposals. McConnel says those ideas should be considered.

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