February 9th, 2010
04:38 PM ET
4 years ago

Reid: Deal close on Senate jobs bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that negotiators are close to an agreement on a jobs package.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that negotiators are close to an agreement on a jobs package.

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.


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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Republicans will not support it, unless it contains tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, and eliminates unions.

    February 9, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Mike Syracuse, NY

    The only reason Democrats are so hot to pass this jobs bill is to protect jobs, their own jobs that is.

    February 9, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Republicans help write it, and then vote "No."

    February 9, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. OKFarmer

    Why are we "zinging" Palin?
    When Oblablah speaks without a prompter we get comments like "I don't have all the information here, but clearly the police acted stupidly". What is the difference between the hand and a pen (cost to tax payer or other support group = $1.95), or a teleprompter (cost to the tax payer $THOUSANDSSSS)????

    February 9, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. J.P.

    Goverment does NOT create Jobs, wealth and prosperity.

    If it did, there would be no NEED for the private sector.

    February 9, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    The Repubs. are in a tight spot-they may have to actually DO SOMETHING ! That's why McConnell needs more time-he's only good at destroying things !

    February 9, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Rickster

    Here is all you need to know:

    “A majority of 53 percent of Democrats have a positive image of Socialism compared to 17 percent of Republicans,” Gallup said.

    Ooops, I guess the cat's outta the bag. Now we capitalists know who we are fighting and, just as we always suspected, it turns out to be the democrats.

    February 9, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    If the republicans stall this one, they're toast.

    February 9, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Eric in Denver

    @if you want something ruined put a republican in charge are you brain dead? The Bush tax cuts stimulated the economy and increased wages for the average employee. I know you hate capitalism based on your previous liberal comments but it is a fact that capitalism works and will continue to do so as long as your buddy Obozo would stop killing the private sector. My guess is that the bill will contain a ton of pork by liberals and Rinos and will get a few votes from the usual cast of Rinos(Snowe, Collins). The republicans are in a trap because Obozo will blame the repubs if it doesn't work which it probably won't like everything else he does. If it does work he will take full credit and wave his finger at anybody that opposed

    February 9, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. About time!

    For goodness sakes senators, stop the endless, pointless bickering and get *something* done! Please!

    February 9, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. J.P.

    Hells bells, let's just put every American on the government payroll and get it over with. This is what the socialists, er uh, I mean "statists," er uh, I mean "democrats" really want anyway.

    Real change is coming in 2010. And don't you RINO republicans start feeling comfortable, either, because you're the first @$$h@t$ we're going to vote out.

    CONGRESSIONAL TERM LIMITS NOW!
    REPEAL THE 16TH AND 17TH AMENDMENTS NOW!

    February 9, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    For Democrats, swift passage is critical. In addition to believing the aid is desperately needed in order to kick start hiring...
    _____________________________________________________
    ...but what about the bill they already passed for 10 times this amount that was supposed to kick start hiring?!?! All it did was run up national debt. If that's their idea of help, no thanks. Really, no thanks. It's tough to watch the government misspend money when the economy is already bad.

    February 9, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Dar

    Sure was alot of time and thought put into this bill, I dont think anyone in congress knows what to do. Except spend our money, they are all very good at that.
    I hope you kool aid sippers are ready to pay for this in the years to come. Hope and Change, all your going to be able to do is hope because you wont have any change in your pockets.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 9, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Jane/Seattle

    Why Not just talk to all the Corporate buddies about making jobs instead of sending them all offshore?

    Why not just tax them more fairly for their overuse of our Commons and penalize them for outsourcing?

    The most obvious answer for jobs: R-E-G-U-L-A-T-E the Corporatocracy and tax them – no more Corporate Welfare! Why all this subterfuge related to this issue?

    Same with Diabetes: TAKE ALL THE SUGAR OUT OF OUR FOODS, the stuff used to MANIPULATE FOLKS INTO PURCHASING! PAY people enough WAGES so they can afford the fruits and veggies AND REGULATE YOUR BUDDIES – Big Agri-Businness! Who do these folks think they are fooling, CNN?

    February 9, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Jarod from San Diego

    Whether its to protect their necks/political careers or not, its about time those politicians start doing something with the people in mind.

    February 9, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. bp

    Tea party republicans have been so frustrating... We should take Tancredo's suggestion and actually put a spelling test on each ballot. His idea of a spelling word is "vote", but I think the Tea Party demographic suggests better spelling words: Uneducated, Geriatric, Segregationist, Neanderthal, ...

    In all seriousness, CNN please stop giving these cross-eyed morons airtime to make unsupported claims about how we need to "start following the constitution." At least make them specify which tenets of our constitution they think are being violated! If these bozos want to have influence in our politics, they should show that they can answer serious questions. I expect most of them will start hiding from reporters like Sarah Palin does.

    February 9, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Average American

    I love how some people swing back and forth between complaining that the government hasn't helped them specifically and complaining that the government doesn't belong in their lives. Seriously, there's medication for that, but be careful, medication is regulated by the food and drug administration (you know, part of that big scary government).

    February 9, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Hammerer

    Jobs bill? 15 million jobs could be created at no cost, with no bills passed simply by enforcing the immigration laws already placed into law.
    Not only 15 million jobs but billions of dollars saved from cost of supporting the illegal immigrants.
    15 million jobs and billions to apply to the national debt at what cost? Democratic voters, therefore not a chance to even be considered!

    February 9, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    I am getting quite tired of both the far left and the far right; both of them are one of the main reasons why this country has not moved foward in the past 3 decades or more. This needs to stop right now, if we are to see a prosperous America 50 years down the road. All Americans need to meet in the moderate middle, and think each issue and argument in a critical manner; here is what I mean.
    First you form a thesis: Develop a thesis that expresses a reasonable answer to that question, given the current state of research in the field.
    Organize your evidence: For your research on any topic, following the Methods, Results, and Discussion format of an argument is the most affective way of giving a intelligent, professional statement.
    Provide background information or context: You can use facts and statistics to support generalizations or to establish the importance of your topc.
    Explaining terms and concepts: Explain words, phrases, or ideas that might be unfamiliar to the audience.
    Supporting your claims: Back up your assertions with facts, examples, and other evidence from your research.
    Lending authority to the argument: Expert opinion can give weight to your argument, but do not rely on the experts to do the argument for you; construct your arguments in your own words, and cite authorities in the field for support.
    Anticipating and countering alternative interpretations: Do not ignore the sources that seem to contradict your position or that offer interpretations different from your own. Instead, use them to give voice to opposing points of view before you counter them.
    To construct a valid argument, everyone must follow all of those guidelines for each perspective point of view that I am going to point out; we must use each of these perspective point of views for each issue facing us today: economically, scientifically, politically, legally, psychologically, cultural, historical, mythologically (in a real world sense), and in a moral/ personal perspective as well. If we are to succeed as a country in the long term future, we must use each of those perspectives I pointed out int the structure I laid out in the beginning of this comment. It is our choice though the way we live our lives; I cannot force someone to choose one way or the other, but we have to realize that every action has consequences. If we do not think in the logical manner that I have just described, then we will not ever fix healthcare, tax reform, the job situation, climate change, clean energy independence, financial regulation, and equal rights for all Americans: gender, race, and GLBT rights including no matter what religion they are. I leave here with this question: Do we have the moral obligation to leave the inner and outer environment in good shape for our children and grandchildren, or are we at liberty to use our inner and outer resources to the point of depletion in our own lifetimes? It is our choice to make; lets choose wisely.

    February 9, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Elle Lamond

    It is amazing. As I hear a call for bipartisan cooperation, I ask the question: Why are the Republicans not allowed in discussions or in decisions. Lets be real! The Democratic Majority doesn't include any point of view other than that of Reed, Obama and Polozie. This is evident as it was Reed who pushed the Fanny and Freddie mess that resulted in forcing banks to hold the bad debt and ultimately the recession. Look out here comes FHA and another bail out. The government is forcing issues and making the problem worse. It is interesting that making fun of Palin isn't solving any problems that the Democrats create.

    February 9, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Elliott J, Houston Tx

    "For Democrats, swift passage is critical." The news media, CNN included just plays into the divisions between americans. Why would swift passage be critical for Democrats and not the country as a whole. That sentence as well as much of the other articles that are meant to highlight the divisions in America are just aimed at getting one consituency fired up in order to persuade politicians to block legislation or not work together in a timely manner to solve america's issues. I don't blame republicans or democrats for the spread of hatred and division that has taken over this country, it is the media's coverage and spin!

    February 9, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Mark

    Reid will not longer be a senator after his upcoming defeat in November.

    February 9, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Average American

    Oh, Elle Lemond, you must be watching Fox because today was a bipartisan meeting. Get it, both side did participate. Let's go over this again, President Obama has included ideas from the Republicans in the stimulus bill, in health care reform and now in the jobs bill. He has publically given them credit for it, but it isn't enough for them. They want everything and are not willing to compromise at all because they want this president to fail. That also is public record.

    February 9, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. JS

    ERIC IN DENVER: THE BUSH TAX CUTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR A LARGE FRACTION OF THE DEFICIT THAT BUILT UP OVER THE LAST 8 YEARS. MOST ECONOMISTS THINK THAT THESE CUTS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR AROUND 1/3 OF THE PRE-RECESSION DEFICIT.

    February 9, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. JS

    CLINTON LEFT OFFICE WITH A SURPLUS. STATING THIS IS A FACT... IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT SOMEBODY "HATES CAPITALISM".

    February 9, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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