January 27th, 2010
06:30 PM ET
8 years ago

Senate's new reality: Dems jobs package now likely small bills

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.

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  1. too little to late

    Still smoke and mirrors.Just saying what they think people want to hear so they can continue on with their horrendous agendas. They should have been on point to do something about the economy a year ago, to help the productive working people instead of wasting a year on this healthcare bs, which will bejust another welfare program that the taxpayers will have to support as usual. With the closed door meetings, sucking up to the unions and acorn, anti free market atrtitude and the arrogance, this administration and congress have been a miserable failure. Organizing does not require any experience, but running a country does.

    January 27, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |