March 15th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Senate considers overnight session on jobs bill

Senate Democratic leaders are threatening to keep the Senate in session overnight Monday in an effort to both highlight Republican opposition to and speed passage of a $15 billion jobs bill.
Senate Democratic leaders are threatening to keep the Senate in session overnight Monday in an effort to both highlight Republican opposition to and speed passage of a $15 billion jobs bill.

Washington (CNN) – Senate Democratic leaders are threatening to keep the Senate in session overnight Monday in an effort to both highlight Republican opposition to and speed passage of a $15 billion jobs bill, leadership aides from both parties said.

The all-night session might be needed because Republicans are denying a Democratic request to pass the bill immediately following an expected successful cloture vote Monday evening. If Republicans don't relent, Democrats say they may keep the Senate in session overnight to burn the 30 hours of post-cloture debate allowed by Senate rules.

The jobs measure, which includes tax breaks for businesses that hire unemployed workers, Build America Bonds, and other measures targeting job growth, has been passed back and forth between the House to the Senate in recent weeks. The Senate last approved it 70-28 at the end of February but when the House took it up again just over a week ago, it approved a minor change to the bill forcing today's action in the Senate.

Post-cloture debate time is often counted even if the Senate is not in session. But consent of all senators is required for that to happen.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Stacie

    Why are the Republicans against job growth?????

    March 15, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Dean

    A business cannot hire workers because of tax breaks. There needs to be someone to buy the products/services they perform. Job growth cannot be targeted without consumers. We have sent all of our jobs overseas and there aren't really any more to be created. There are only so many jobs needed in the world and corporate greed has sent them out of this country.
    Obama needs to bring our lost jobs back from foreign soils through tariffs on goods and services produced outside of this country.

    March 15, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. SIMP

    American People do you see what the republicians are constantly doing? I don't see how anyone can call themself a republician they are the worst people in the USA. No matter what is bought to a vote, the republicians always hold it up. This is out of hand and the President needs to go over their heads and pass every dang thing he wants.

    March 15, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. General Sherman

    Good,keep the morons awake.

    March 15, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Gil Oberdas

    The Party of No is just going to stop it by saying, "NO" again! We can't let this right wing nut case senario keep going!

    March 15, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Mike in MN

    What's to consider? It 's a 15 billion dollar bill that economists say will create very few jobs. The impact to jobs will be about the same whether it is passed or not. Flip a coin and vote. This is the result of Reid ripping up an 85 billion dollar bipartisan bill that would have had a significant impact on jobs. Why is Reid still the Senate leader?

    March 15, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The jobs bill, is one that Congress owes the citizens of this country. Pass it, so that people have some way to even survive in this depression........and stop calling it a recession......that is a lie.

    March 15, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    I can hear the neoclown posters now, "but but but government doesn't create jobs..." Tell that to Halliburton, Blackwater... oops, I mean Xe... and all of their no-bid buddies, neoclowns. The Iraq war was W's jobs program. Have a nice day!

    March 15, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Oh dear – sen sleezy ensign might not get to see his current mistress. Oh me oh my.

    Also make them keep working on insurance reform WITH NO RECESS UNTIL IT'S DONE. Too many vacations and too many recesses. Not enough being done for the people of the U.S.

    Lots of time for lobbyists and cameras. Make them see the job entails more than just yelling NO NO NO NO like a bunch of spoiled little girls.

    March 15, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. ran

    The 2010 elections can not get here fast enough so we can be ride of the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans once and for all and replace them with either a true Democrat or an Independent.

    The people need action now not more of the do nothing Republicans.

    March 15, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    The libs can't help themselves. They have never been this close to stealing this much money from the hard working people of America before. They will be able to treat their union buddies and those who can't get jobs because of the drug test requirements and because they don't have any skills after 12 years of an NEA education to big giveaways to keep them from taking any kind of responsibility lives. And then magically the will keep voting for the libs because they don't know any better.

    March 15, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. jm for sc

    I think the Republicans are going too far with blocking bills to that clearly benefits people. How could any one in their right mind vote for a party that is so insensitive? The election of Scott Brown has fueled the Republican party to continue holding up progress for political gain. As long as people are blinded by their schemes, this type foolishness will continue.

    What is the use in passing a bill then turn around and block it from being implimented?

    March 15, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. so rich even obama couldn't hurt me but you middle class folk should worry

    don't you just love it when these thieves work at night, they are so disgusting. just wait till you read this bill ! I absolutely hate you mr president and your lil congress too ! maybe now people will pay more attention come election time. eric holder ! really I can't believe that this whole country isn't marching in the streets over this atty general! how quick everyone forgets . liberals are the scum of the earth and half of this country is so stupid and so easily swayed they actually put this trash in charge. I can't wait for this to be over! thank god this chump is a LAME DUCK! jimmy carter must be the only 1 happy because now he is not the worst president in history!

    March 15, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. rdepontb

    Finally, the Dems are showing some cahones for a change. We knew they had it in them when we voted them in! Way to go! You are there, after all, to move things along in helping the country recover. Your Republican cohorts will have to join in at some point, but until then-please do what you have to do in order to pass necessary legislation.

    March 15, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. I WANT MINES

    you know the unions cant wait to get their hands on this money talk about FAT CATS did you ever notice how they never get laid off they just keep taking peoples dues money and dont care if their people are working or not because they just say

    I WANT MINES

    March 15, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |