February 11th, 2010
06:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Jobs bill advances ... or does it?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/11/reid.file.gi.jpg caption="Senator Reid said Thursday that Democrats will offer a slimmed down jobs bill."]NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The Senate's slow-moving effort to spur job creation was thrown into turmoil Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Democrats will offer a slimmed down jobs bill. Only hours earlier, a key Republican and key Democratic issued a more comprehensive measure that they said had bipartisan support.

The switch left many on snowed-in Capitol Hill scratching their heads, wondering why Reid lopped off most of the provisions included in the draft legislation unveiled earlier by Senate Finance Committee's Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

"The Reid announcement undermines the carefully crafted Baucus-Grassley effort and throws sand in the gears of bipartisan negotiation," a Grassley spokeswoman said.

A Democratic aide said Reid was concerned about the Senate's ability to pass a larger bill.

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Filed under: Economy • Jobs • Senate
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. m

    what a bunch of spineless worthless weasels!

    February 11, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Kat

    hey Gov!!!

    Butt out of the private sector and quit taxing us into poverty. Then you will see jobs appear. Wake up idiots. Government can't do it, but Americans can.

    February 11, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Chuck Anaheim,Ca

    I would bet the farm they will obstruct this bill also. Whats being proposed makes some sense, so therfore, republicants will be aganst it.

    February 11, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. aware

    The end justifies the means for Progressives right and left. They think they can use power to advance a global utopia! Look at Greece.... people!

    The Kingdom of God is not in their hands! 🙂

    February 11, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. scott

    I read somewhere else that he shaved the bill from $85B to $15B. Now that may not be bipartisan but it is american. Less government and more free market that is the american way.

    February 11, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. Judy Miami

    Democrats need to do what we sent them there for. The Republicans are a bunch of sour grapes. They have theirs screw the middle and poor classes. The democrats were elected so pls govern and don't worry about the republicans or the palin-led teabaggers. Do what it takes to get bills passed.

    February 11, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. George

    "But why is this bill even needed if Obama's stimulus bill is working beyond all expectations, like Obama and Biden brag constanty that it is?"
    Because Obama is a liar?

    February 11, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    You people truly amaze me. In a senate where there is 59 Dems and 41 repubs with one repub co authoring this bill, you still think that it is the repubs that stop any progress. Honestly, if 60 are for it, assuming the one republican that co authored it supported it, how can it be filibustered? Probably because the dems are no better. The bill as it was written was sliced an diced by Harry Reid before it even made it to a vote and that is a repub problem too.

    February 11, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. Ray E.

    Oh and by the way folks, don't expect the Government to do anything for you. If you want anything done you better do it yourself. You'll get the message sooner or later.

    February 11, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. m smith

    If both sides will work togeather then quit screwing around with another bill. If the repos won't work with the dem's then drop them. Will look real good to the average Joe to see who supports a job's bill

    February 11, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Did any of you actually read the full story? The original bill had support from multiple senators from BOTH parties. It's the trimmed down version that Harry Reid created that has limited support from BOTH parties, that means even his own people don't like it. You can't blame this failure on republicans, this is Harry Reid's mess and his alone.

    February 11, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Baardamuu

    If the unemployment extension is not passed this week , on 1 March millions of people will be cut off and face homelessness and starvation. For the Senate to recess without passing the extension, even by emergency measure, is sickening. Shame on these people.

    February 11, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  13. Mike in MN

    After reading this article in detail I'm left to wonder what happened to the capital gains tax cut for business? Something the Republicans wanted and something Obama said just the other day was a good idea. Looks like it is gone from the bill.
    Reid said DEMOCRATS will offer a slimed down version. It looks like he is saying Democrats gutted a bipartisan bill without input from Republicans and now call it a Democrats bill. If too much was gutted that Republicans liked, don't bet on them voting for a bill that started out as a bipartisan bill and was gutted by Reid and is now a Democrats bill with token Republican measures.
    Is this the kind of bipartisanship Obama wants? There is no chance Republicans will see it as such. Maybe Republicans will still like the bill Reid now calls a Democrats bill after he gutted it. I would not hold my breath.

    February 11, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. Right Leaning Independent

    Whoa, Reid playing the part of the fiscal conservative!! Guess you can tell its the election season!! Lets just call him what Dems love to call the Repubs – Obstructionist!!!

    February 11, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. found work without help of stimulus or obama

    Sounds as Reid and the other Democrates dont what a jobs bill, and they dont want to supervise all those people who lost their jobs because of Obama's promise of change. We have got change its a wanna be black hitler and a femaile Pelosi hitler and SS Trooper Reisd. Time for all Hitlers to go and shipped out of office and put on unemployment.

    February 11, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. Perusing-through

    Reid proves once more why he is worthless to the Democrats.

    February 11, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. Dan

    Reid for a year deals with nonsense non-priorities of special interest and neglect to deal with the problem of the majority of the people of this country. How can he be trusted now to do the right things when he has been giving favors for votes for something that the majority is afraid of.
    How can he be trusted now, or is it the fact that he does not have 60 votes of his fellow non-democratic democrats that suddenly he cares about "jobs." If you do not deliver jobs, you will be out of job yourself.......

    February 11, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  18. Albo58

    A bad bill is WORSE than no bill at all! Off the top of my head, there are 787 billion reasons why we shouldn't just pass a "jobs" bill that does not actually create jobs, it's that simple!

    February 11, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    does anyone REALLY think that the Republicans want the unemployment rate to go down and for the economics conditions in this country to get better while they are out of power? If you do then I got some swampland down here in Texas I would LOVE to sell you.

    February 11, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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