Washington (CNN) – If Senate Republicans successfully block Senate consideration of President Obama's $450 billion jobs bill Tuesday night, as is expected, Senate Democrats are considering breaking up the package into as many as a half dozen smaller pieces of legislation they hope to pass in the coming months, a Senate Democratic leadership aide told CNN.
The strategy is aimed at either winning passage of the individual components or pressuring the Republicans to explain to voters why they will not support the proposals, which many Republicans backed in the past, the aide said.
Senate Democratic leaders developed the strategy in conjunction with the president and his top aides at a White House meeting Friday. Democrats believe it might be successful, in part, because polls show more than half the public supports the president's job-creation ideas even if congressional Republicans don't like the overall jobs bill.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, a key political messenger for the Democrats, is shopping an idea to Democrats and Republicans that could be one of the smaller bills. It would tie a GOP-backed plan to create a lower repatriation tax for corporate profits held overseas to the creation of a Democratic supported plan for a new infrastructure bank to fund construction projects around the country. Under Schumer's plan, the repatriated taxes would fund the infrastructure bank.
Democrats are also considering splitting out separate votes on extending unemployment benefits, extending a payroll tax break for employers and employees, creating a hiring tax credit for veterans, providing money to keep teachers and first responders employed, and extending special expensing breaks for small businesses.
The first smaller bill could be on the floor before the end of the month, the Democratic aide said.