Washington (CNN) - Senate negotiators are close to a bipartisan agreement on a jobs package and the Senate could work through the weekend to pass it, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday.
The measure, which aides said has a price tag of about $85 billion, combines tax breaks for businesses that hire new workers with spending on infrastructure and extended benefits for the unemployed.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell warned Democrats that his members might need more time to study the bill before voting on it. "My members need to be able to feel like they understand what they are being called upon to support," he said on the Senate floor.
For Democrats, swift passage is critical. In addition to believing the aid is desperately needed in order to kick start hiring, Democrats are anxious to recover from their set back on health care reform and prove to voters they can get things done.
Republican sources said differences remain over the bill and they are concerned Democrats are trying to jam it through before it's ready in order to gain political momentum ahead of the upcoming week-long Presidents' Day recess.
The package also incorporates several items not related to the creation of new jobs, Senate sources told CNN. For instance, it includes a one-year extension of the Patriot Act, $1.5 billion in disaster relief for farmers, an extension of the flood insurance program, an increase in Medicare payments for doctors and the extension of several expiring tax credits.
Senate action on the bill is further complicated by a major snowstorm expected to hit Washington late Tuesday. Reid said he anticipates the Senate will be out of session Wednesday but he hopes to be back in session Thursday to finish the bill before leaving for recess.
If that happens, the bill would still have to be reconciled with a jobs bill that passed the House late last year.
what happened to the original 787 billion dollar jobs bill. I guess it was jusy robbing the treasury. How stupid do they think we are. The Democrats just approved the purchase of a plantation in the virgin islands for 50 million are they out of their mind. freeze the spending.
THE ATTEMPT AT HEALTH CARE REFORM IN THE SENATE WAS BIPARTISAN. DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER THE 'GANG OF 6'? IT WAS 3 REPUBLICANS AND 3 DEMOCRATS. MANY REPUBLICAN AMMENDMENTS WERE ACCEPTED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE BILL. YOU SHOULD KNOW YOUR FACTS.
THEN, AFTER MEETING WITH BAUCUS AND THE OTHER DEMOCRATS, NONE OF THE REPUBLICANS IN THE GANG OF 6 ENDED UP VOTING FOR IT. THAT WAS A CYNICAL GESTURE ON THEIR PART. AFTER MEETING WITH THE DEMOCRATS REPEATEDLY, GRASSLY THEN WENT HOME AND LIED ABOUT "DEATH PANELS".
IS THAT "BIPARTISAN". WHAT A JOKE.
THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM IS.. THE FILIBUSTER. THE SENATE IS BROKEN, AND ONLY MAJORITY RULE CAN FIX IT. END THE FILIBUSTER NOW!!!
right Mitch we know your Repubs are slow readers..........of course not as slow as they are when it comes to their ideas for Health Care Reform for which they STILL have no ideas
Could somebody and I mean anybody either a person or a media outlet please explain to me why we need a jobs bill? I thought the almost TRILLION $ bill was shovel ready for all these great jobs it was suppose to save and or create? Remember it was a emergency so we could create all kinds of jobs. Somebody please give me the truth not your LEFT or RIGHT view but the TRUTH.
Republicans will find a way to delay this bill, or even obstruct it. The American people will eventually see that the GOP's only mission is to sink the President; if this entails destroying the economy, or even the United States, so be it.
Quick: Somebody define "Socialist" for these brainwashed ones!
Socialism is when the taxpayers get forced to pay for the Corporate excesses of their own FRAUD!
Socialism is when taxpayers have to pay overly high salaries, benefits, pensions and healthcare for government employees when they can't beg, borrow, earn or steal some for themselves!
Socialism is ownership by Everyone for the benefit of Everyone! It is when we all care for one another – the opposite of Capitalism!
Socialism depends upon Leaders with Integrity and COOPERATION – NOT the COMPETITION (unfair selfishness) inherent in Capitalism!
Socialism is the BIg Boogeyman that Capitalists have taught (brainwashed) you to Hate!
I found this very interesting ......at a meeting of Republicans last night the majority said they think the Republicans in DC putting up road blocks all the time, saying No to everything will hurt them down the road as we get closer to November ......but their biggest and loadest protest was against Palin......they think she is going to continue to divide the Republican Party and in November and in 2012 it will hurt them....they are wondering when will any one in their Party take note of this and do something about it........these are conservatives.....and they all voiced their views on Palin and they weren't very complimentary..........They do not support the radicals of the Tea Party and fear that this movement is doing more harm to the GOP.......along with the Hate that is voiced from Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Colter and the rest of the far right wing movement.
I know Republicans are slow readers. Maybe Michael Steele can rap the bill to his "posse". A nice catchy tune might help them digest the information.
More simplistic drivel from the right and the left. You people are all pathetic.
What makes any of you qualified to speak to the complex issues facing our country? Just dumb opinions picked up from sound bites on CNN. The truly scary thing is some of you idiots vote. Probably based on your bigoted, narrow-minded, racists and uniformed beliefs.
This country started going down the tubes when immigrants refused assimilation into the larger society by insisting on preserving their native languages, cultures and customs at the expense of becoming an American.
No other country in the world tolerates this type of behavior and it's time someone put a stop to it.
McConnell is absolutely the biggest hinderance to getting Anything done
and will continue to be, with a obvious strategy, to prevent Democrats from getting anything done.
Disgusting, worthless person.
make sure you save one of those so called 'jobs' for you Harry.
McConnell needs more time to understand the bill because he is intellectually challenged besides being a very slow reader. He has to mouth the words as he reads.
The first amendment of US Constitution, the freedom of speech, is sure dividing this country and may never agreed how we the people agreed on common ground in civic manner. All of these high drama s the result are from several generation of hard earned devalued $us currency have lost their america dream. We need to focus on ecomony first before any others rights on women , gay, race can be given. Let find common ground and no profiling on any social agenda.
the senate bill is better than Congress!!! At least it would be a start...
Geez I wonder who gets paid off this time.