Washington (CNN) - As Senate Democrats look to pass a jobs bill before Presidents Day, experts say the debate is an opportunity to see if calls for bipartisanship will be answered.
With record high unemployment - now at 9.7 percent - and polls showing Americans desperate for economic relief, the White House and the Democratic leadership are looking for ways to quell fears from the electorate and get legislation passed as the midterm elections near.
Bipartisanship could be the answer.
"There is certainly the opportunity for this to be a bipartisan bill. It should be a bipartisan bill because jobs are the thing that are on the mind of every single American right now," said Sean Gibbons, director of Communications and a congressional analyst at Third Way - a Washington think tank described as focusing on the middle class and moderate politics.