Washington (CNN)– As the president prepared to address Congress Wednesday, Senate Democrats appeared ready to scrap an idea to push an $80 to $90 billion jobs package and instead move forward with a series of smaller jobs-related bills.
Senior Senate Democratic sources said this reflects their new reality since losing the 60th vote last week: they likely don't have the votes to overcome any Republican filibuster to a broad jobs package.
The sources also said it is also a response to voter concerns about big government spending.
One of the senior Senate Democratic sources said many want to avoid a "long list that could be tagged as another stimulus."
Instead, Senate Democrats are likely to start with ideas Republicans would be inclined support, like tax breaks aimed at small businesses.
For example, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, have bipartisan legislation to give businesses tax credits for hiring unemployed workers in 2010.