Senate Republicans unveil alternative jobs bill
October 13th, 2011
05:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Republicans unveil alternative jobs bill

Washington (CNN) - A group of Republican senators unveiled job creation legislation Thursday that is designed to be a policy and political counterpoint to the Democratic measures President Obama has pressured Republicans to pass.

Built around well-known GOP principles to shrink the footprint of Washington on the economy by cutting taxes, spending, and federal regulations, Republicans believe having actual legislation they can point to will weaken the president's charge that Republicans aren't doing enough to create jobs.
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Filed under: Congress • Jobs • Senate Republicans
Who's angry now? Does Senate spat reflect frustrated national mood?
October 7th, 2011
08:09 PM ET
3 years ago

Who's angry now? Does Senate spat reflect frustrated national mood?

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Washington (CNN) – An emotional debate on the Senate floor Thursday night is putting a microscope once again on the political games in Washington that Americans overwhelmingly detest.

In a rare, direct exchange between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid on the floor of the chamber, both senators vented frustration during a testy debate on the China currency bill.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Democrats: Surtax on high-earners would pay for Obama's job plan
October 5th, 2011
03:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats: Surtax on high-earners would pay for Obama's job plan

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats Wednesday unveiled a five percent tax hike on annual income over $1 million, which they said would raise the nearly $450 billion needed to offset the cost of President Barack Obama's recent proposal to boost employment and stimulate the economy.

However, the idea was met with a not-unexpected thud by Senate Republicans who steadfastly oppose tax increases and indicated it won't pass the narrowly divided chamber.
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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Harry Reid • President Obama • Senate
Tense Senate exchange flares over president's jobs bill
October 5th, 2011
12:02 AM ET
3 years ago

Tense Senate exchange flares over president's jobs bill

Washington (CNN) - In response to President Barack Obama's repeated calls for Congress to pass his jobs bill right away, Senate Republicans tried to call his bluff and force a quick vote on that legislation Tuesday.

The move, which Democrats blocked, was designed by Republicans to highlight that even some Democratic senators oppose the president's plan and it can't pass.

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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama • Senate • Senate Republicans
Senate clears trade assistance bill
September 22nd, 2011
08:56 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate clears trade assistance bill

(CNN) – The Senate Thursday approved a bill to fund retraining for workers who lose their jobs because of free trade agreements the U.S. enters into with other countries.

The final vote was 70 to 27 on the bill.
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Filed under: Economy • Senate
Obama jobs bill still waits for action in the Senate
September 20th, 2011
08:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama jobs bill still waits for action in the Senate

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats still have not decided when to take up the jobs bill President Barack Obama announced with great fanfare to a joint session of Congress almost two weeks ago. In addition, they are still working to determine if they will vote on the bill in its entirety or augment it with additional job growth ideas of their own.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appeared testy at a news conference Tuesday when asked about the schedule for the bill and whether all Democrats would support it.
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Filed under: Congress • Jobs • President Obama • Senate
Obama aides hear jobs bill concerns from Senate Democrats
September 15th, 2011
06:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama aides hear jobs bill concerns from Senate Democrats

Washington (CNN) Senate Democrats huddled with top Obama administration officials in the Capitol Thursday to pore through the details of the president’s jobs bill and figure out the best way to pass it through the chamber.

Most senators departing the 90-minute meeting with White House aides Gene Sperling, David Plouffe and others said they support the $447 billion proposal, which is designed to boost employment. However, some expressed concerns about the price tag of the bill and the president’s plan to raise some taxes to cover the costs.
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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama • Senate Democrats
Senate to take up debt ceiling immediately after Obama jobs speech
September 8th, 2011
05:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate to take up debt ceiling immediately after Obama jobs speech

Washington (CNN) - Immediately following President Barack Obama's jobs speech to Congress Thursday night, senators are scheduled to return to their chamber to vote to begin debate on a measure disapproving of raising the debt ceiling while effectively continuing the process of increasing it.

So, yes, it's likely they will be supporting the disapproval of something as part of the process of actually making it happen.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • President Obama • Senate
Lawmakers say leaders must break stalemate
July 27th, 2011
07:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Lawmakers say leaders must break stalemate

Washington (CNN) - With competing Republican and Democratic legislation to lift the debt ceiling bogged down in each chamber, key lawmakers say it is more and more likely it will be up to House and Senate leaders from each party to cut a late deal to stave off default before the August 2 deadline.

"There's going to have to be a compromise," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, who said the top five bipartisan congressional leaders will need to get in a room together and find agreement. "That's the end of the game; you can't have four of the five," Schumer said, referring to the top two party leaders in each chamber and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit
Despite debt impasse, behind-the-scenes talks continue
July 25th, 2011
08:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Despite debt impasse, behind-the-scenes talks continue

Washington (CNN) - Even as the impasse over the debt ceiling continues, behind-the-scenes talks are underway between Democratic and Republican leaders about a bipartisan deal to end the crisis, according to two Senate leaders intimately involved in the situation.

"There are still discussions going on," said Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate. "Everybody's talking."
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Dick Durbin • Jon Kyl
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