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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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. D.U.T.C.H.

    If republicans vote againt this, they are truly obstrictionists.

    · Extend a tax break for business that spend money on capital investments like equipment purchases
    · Exempt employers from Social Security payroll taxes on new hires who were unemployed.

    If that isn't a gift wrapped package for the republicans, I don't know what is.

    February 11, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. BeverlyNC

    Why on earth is the Senate still trying to negotiate with Republicans???
    Republicans are not going to participate in anything , vote for anything for working people, and will just continue to tell lies, spread fear and hate, and be complete obstructionists.
    It's past time to try to work with these do-nothings.
    Come on Democrats – get tough and get what needs to be done for American with or without the Party of NO. Dare the idiots to filibuster. How would that look to working Americans to have Republicans filibustering a jobs bill, re-regulating the banks, and healthcare?? America will finally see what the problem in Congress is – too many game-playing, do-nothing Republicans!

    February 11, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Excuse me, But wasn't that $800 Billion Porkulus Package passed last year a "Jobs" Bill? Now since that was such a fabulous success, we want to do another one? You Idiots have got to be kidding. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is really called "INSANITY". Stop it, cut the highest corporate tax in the world, and get out of the way. Then forget ObamaCare, and Cap and Tax, and watch the economy take off. That creates jobs.

    February 11, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. arch

    Why are Reid and Pelosi so stupid? Have they been taking lessons from Obama!

    February 11, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. PaulC

    I don't understand...the Republicans cry "where are the jobs" and then won't vote for a jobs bill. What will they vote for? Oh yes,,nothing the Democrats propose. The Democrats have to realize that if anything is to be done they will have to do it without the Republicans.

    February 11, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Danny

    The Democrats are going to have to realize that NOTHING they do is going to garner support from the GOP. Republicans don't want the economy to improve, or unemployment to lessen, because they fear the Democrats will get credit for it which will help them in the midterm elections in November.

    February 11, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Dar

    The Repub's are going to help pass this unless Reid throws some trash in it.
    This is in no way a all Dem bill and it sounds as if both sides were working on it, Reid even said that the Dems and repub senate leaders issued a draft bill. But then Reid started shaving provisions from it.
    Play nice boys and girls and get a good bill together that will work.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 11, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Repubs will not want to pass a jobs bill, because it will hurt them at the voting booth if jobs are created.
    By the way, the stimulus package gave 95% of working Americans a tax cut, and created funding for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and extended benefits to help those who had lost their job and their health care. Republicans are taking credit in the photo ops in their own districts for the jobs the stimulus created, even though they voted against it.

    February 11, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Mike

    You libs should do some reading before you comment. The tax break on capital investments and for hiring unemployed workers were both introduced by Republicans Charles Grassley and Orrin Hatch. It's the Democrats that are questioning the effectiveness and whining about the lost tax revenue. But I'm glad you people like the Republican ideas so much.

    February 11, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Hammerer

    15 million jobs could created simply by enforcing the immigration laws. Why will the congress not do their job and demand enforcement?
    Jobs and free up billions in dollars spent on illegals at no cost to taqxpayers.
    More corruption by congress.

    February 11, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Former Republican

    Senate Democrats don't waste your time. Leave the bill as it is. Let the Party of NO Filibuster so the American people can see what idiots they are. Republicans will say no because they want votes and if President Obama gets anything passed it means he is helping Americans. Republicans care about getting re-elected not the American People. Any 5 year old understands Republicans just ask my grandaughter.

    February 11, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Time to get back to the basics of democracy.

    Drop the cloture crap of 60 votes, a simple majority in the Senate just like in the House, is the only way anything is going to get done with the Party of NO.

    Let the Reds woo the blue dogs to join them if they want to promote conservative or block progressive ideas.

    February 11, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. sue

    do not take out the thimngs that will help middle class , the COBRA AND UNEMPLOYMENT BENIFITS . ONCE AGAIN SCREW THE MIDDLE CLASS. YOU ALL NEED VOTED OUT

    February 11, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. LaVerne

    Until our health reform bill is passed for all Americans to have health insurance I would like to see both the Democrats and Republicans
    have their health insurance coverage put on hold – yes no coverage
    for the House or Senate until all of Americans are also insured.
    Do they forget they work for us – we pay their salaries (or maybe not)
    Is President Obama the only one there who has not lost his mind?
    Gentlemen and Women of the House and Senate put on your big boy pants and do the job OR
    you will not be getting paid for if you do not step up for the
    American people!

    February 11, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. jjh

    Do nothing. Let the republicans say no. What would Rush do?
    Make the Republicans filibuster and put them on the record. Sadly, I realise this is Limbaugh-Land. Lord help us.

    February 11, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Vic of New York

    Screw Republican support !!!

    What are you, a bunch of woosies? Those Republican jokers are nothing but a subversionist group of politicians being led by the Corporate elite and Christian Right. You think they give three hoots about the average American?

    You Democrat Pols disgust America. No backbone to do the hard job. Forget Rahm Emanuel, I'll work to push out any Democrat who's trying to hide his sorry carcass behind some "bipartisan" crock excuse!

    February 11, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. From a Chicago Independent 26 year old white male

    Dar February 11th, 2010 5:01 pm ET

    The Repub's are going to help pass this unless Reid throws some trash in it.
    This is in no way a all Dem bill and it sounds as if both sides were working on it, Reid even said that the Dems and repub senate leaders issued a draft bill. But then Reid started shaving provisions from it.
    Play nice boys and girls and get a good bill together that will work.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    @ Dar.........your "Real Change is coming" line is great!!!! HA HA HA HA HA don't you realize that who ever is in power right now there will never be change. one party will have power and the opposing party will always try to take them down, this will just be a cycle till we actually have real change and have a revolution or civil war which i would rather have then listening and reading all this bullcrap.....revolution, civil war is the only way to get real change!!!! At this point i say we do it, oh wait nevermind i don't want to get in trouble with the police. HA!!!!!!! sheep!!!!

    February 11, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Mike in MN

    I would hope some Republicans would vote for it if the CBO says it will have some positive benefit on job creation and it is paid for by spending cuts elsewhere so it does not add to the deficit.
    I have seen a lot of reports (not just Fox News) that it won't create many jobs. If that is true and the cost of the bill adds to the deficit and is not paid for with spending cuts elswhere, it might not get any Republican votes even if it incudes some of their ideas. A bill that adds to the deficit and does not create many jobs for it's cost is a bad bill, Congress can do better.

    February 11, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    The only thing the Right-wing deserves to be involved with, is another Jim Jones-esque festival. We all now how that ended...

    February 11, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Slave labor toyotas are great,hahaha

    Brown is nothing more than a hired gun by K Street lobbyists.Hey snerdly,have you ever had a thought of your own or do you just repeat everyone Rush Limbaugh talking point?

    February 11, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Mike in MN

    If the CBO says this bill will create jobs and not add to the deficit and has some provisions in it from Republicans, than there should be some Republicans who vote for it. Shame on them if they don't.
    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?
    Obama brags about how great the stimulus bill has worked and then says things are so bad that we need a jobs bill. Why won't he just admit what a majority of voters already know to be true? Tthe stimulus failed to deliever it money's worth. It has created way more debt than jobs.

    February 11, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. dan smith

    Stop the insanity,government doesn't create jobs-never has,never will. Throughing more money down a bottomless pit is retarded. If Obama wants to create jobs then he needs to take a lesson from the great Ronald Reagon and get out of the way.

    February 11, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. No Republicants

    I say forget about the republicants. They'll water it down until its almost useless then vote against it.

    The Democrats best move is to actually make the republicants filibuster. I'd love to see McConnell et al reading the DC phone book at 3 AM wearing an adult diaper. Let the public see just what a bunch of obsructionists they are.

    February 11, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. Justen in Florida

    all the comments by the progressives in this blog are the same for every story, what do you do, copy and paste the same thing day after day?

    February 11, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. Peter s

    What can you trust Baucus with? see what he did with the health care!. Let him head anything is like leaving Michael Vick watch your dogs!!.

    February 11, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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