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
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  1. USN

    And what does any of that bill have to do with job creation for the private sector ? Anybody ? I didn't think so . Just another candy jar for the dem's wial America slowly starves.

    February 11, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    How many citizens asking the government for "a job" have a good idea of what work they might be qualified to do in a job?
    To ask another way, how many who want jobs truly are not qualified to do anything we NEED or WANT done?
    It's part of preparation for life, and it's not the government's job: it's YOURS.

    February 11, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Truth-Bomb Thrower


    Unfortunately the two have become synonomous in Washington speak. Not only are they NOT really the same, but they are contradictory. The REAL way to create long term jobs are to preserve the integrity of the dollar and the U.S. economy by balancing the federal budget.

    February 11, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. ran

    It does no matter what the Democrats or this President does the Republicans have no intention of helping at all.

    If it has not become clear by now I only hope that by the end of Feb.2010 it will be and the Democrats and this President uses what ever tools are available and just start getting things done. If that means using the reconciliation process for everything then so be it.

    Enough of the fear/hate/obstructionism/purity ideology of the Republicans. We as a Nation can not wait any longer for the Republicans to decide to do for the people.

    February 11, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Dan

    Idiots, do you even read the story or just guess that the Reps will say no. This was put together by Hatch and Grassely both Reps. as well as some Dems. The article said the original proposal had support from both sides. Then Reid steps in citing possible lack of Rep support. Think about it, if all 59 Dems vote for it and the 2 Reps that helped write it vote for it, it would pass. This is just a cover so Dems don't have to vote for funding cuts and can still claim the Reps are the party of NO. Please read the article

    February 11, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    Sorry, "know", not "now". I have big, meaty liberal fingers, not spidery, feminine conservative fingers, and it's tough to navigate my Blackberry sometimes...

    February 11, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    In order for the GOP to get on board for some of that illusive bipartisanship, they wanted an extension on no inheritance tax. What's with these people? This is a jobs bill, not a bill to give more tax breaks to the rich. Is that all they have? It's the tax breaks for the rich, and kill Social Security, and kill Medicare, and no restriction on unbridled Wall Street gambling. Are they even human? I'm having some doubts. How do they keep winning elections? That's what I want to know.

    February 11, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. indiana voter

    Wow, so many liberal democrats on here that don't know what they are talking about. How sad that the only thing you know how to do is attack Republicans and call names. If you remember, there are Democrats that oppose a lot of Obama's policies as well. You had the votes to pass something significant for over a year and you blew it because your own party can't even agree on anything. Stop trying to blame the failures of the Democrat Party on the Republicans.

    February 11, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. mjm

    The "jobs bill" extends unemployment benefits? You would think that a jobs bill wouldn't need to do that. It would just create actual jobs.

    Must be a great bill.

    February 11, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Gerry NH

    I can see by most of the posting that most of the people have not read the article. It says the repub and demos are working on this togeather . Your friend Reid is taking most of the bill out and making a smaller bill. A 1.7 trillion cost for no health care & only 156 billion for jobs what a waste. No Obama is not the only one who has not lost his mine. That was lost a long time ago.

    February 11, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    Mike in MN, I'm going to call you out on the stimulus working beyond their expectations at the White House. Working, and working beyond our expectations are not the same. It was obvious from the beginning that it needed to be bigger. And 40% of it was tax breaks for us poor slobs out here, to get the GOP on board, which didn't work. They only vote for tax breaks for the rich. And talk about welfare queens. The GOP have done nothing for a year, at great expense to all of us. So where are you getting your info? Or are you just making stuff up to appeal to the uninformed?

    February 11, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    That's Harry Reid for ya: always doing his best to screw things up!

    February 11, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Steve, New York City

    Democrats and Republicans – you both need to get serious about reducing the deficit. Please also stop blaming Wall Street for "every single ill" afflicting our society.

    While out-of-control populism possibly drove the Roberts Supreme Court into their "frightening" decision on campain contributions, maybe the NRA, big Oil, the AIPAC, others can help our beloved country reduce the deficit (lobbyist funds put to good use? I guess there's a "first" for everything).

    February 11, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. File under "Sarcasm"

    Harry Reid is a petty dictator taking orders from the Obama Administration. As much as they want to claim they're open to bi-partisian bills with Republicans (and moderate Democrats), if it isn't Obama's liberal vision, it isn't going anywhere.

    This is all political theater to present a bill that the moderates and conservatives can't support so Obama can stand up in front of his teleprompter, look angry, and blame them and special interest groups for sabotaging his bi-partisian efforts to be correct the evils left by Bush.

    It's like singing "99 bottles of beer on the wall"; with each stanza, the number of people singing along decreases until there's just one drunk left.

    February 11, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. moni

    Baucus voted for the Bush tax cuts in 2001.

    Baucus twice voted to make filing bankruptcy more difficult for debtors, once in July, 2001 to restrict rules on personal bankruptcy, and a second time in March 2005 to include means-testing & restrictions for bankruptcy filers.

    In 2008, he voted in favor of permanently repealing the estate tax.
    CHAIRMAN of the Senate Committee on Finance
    Max Baucus D-Montana 2001
    Chuck Grassley R-Iowa 2001
    Max Baucus D-Montana 2001-2003
    Chuck Grassley R-Iowa 2003-2007
    Max Baucus D-Montana 2007-Present

    puts things in perspective for me.


    February 11, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. David

    My fellow Republicans are a sick breed of people whose motto is lies steal, or cheat. What having a black man in the White House can do to you. Sad, sad, sad. Megan Mccain said it best, Revolution is by the young not old. I am a proud young Republican who voted for Obama and will still do until the sickness has been overcome in this party.

    February 11, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. Jim

    Did you people read the story. The Republicans and Democratic leaders came to an agreement. Harry Reid killed the bill because he want to keep the dead lock.

    February 11, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Jim

    Did you people read the story. The Republicans and Democratic leaders came to an agreement. Harry Reid killed the bill because he wants to keep the dead lock.

    February 11, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. D.D.

    I certainly hope the Republicans can get with the program. So far they have managed to stay in a game of their own not caring about the country. They allowed Bush to do whatsoever or were they afraid of Cheny and the gun? This certainly looks like they are viewing our President in a curved magnifying glass- so opposite of the previous Presidential administration.They are making us think they are in color

    February 11, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. andy

    Did you Republican haters look at yesterdays #s.You are dropping like a rock and us ,the Republicans are soaring like a missle.America is sick of you Dems and your leader Obama because you do nothing.I know,you blame it on Bush or us;BUT,the people have spoken.Took Obama a year to realize we need jobs and a Republican had to tell him.Scott Brown took a 50 year old Dem seat,you know Teddy's,hey what happened???You guys are 1 and done,read it in Newsweek.Did you read today that your leader is courting the big moneyWall Street and also wants to try Bush's economic principles.See all your blame it on Bush and NOW Obama wants it.You had all the hate for the big money and today Obama is doing the exact same thing as Bush.OK in November we WILL have "Change you can believe in".

    February 11, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. annie against biased news

    This is no job bill for WE THE PEOPLE it is just more wasteful crazy spending by obama and his partners in crime. The so-called green jobs (wind turbines) is going to china just how in the hedoubleL does that help any American citizen?

    February 11, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. single mom

    A year ago, Democrats crowed about winning. Remember all the 'You lost. Get over it. We don't need you."
    Um, still feel that way?

    I thought the stimulus bills last year (including one Obama voted for as a Senator) were supposed to take care of this mess.
    Why do we still have half a BILLON dollars in funds that haven't been released? Wny not put all that money into infrastructure projects across the country? You know, have something to show for the money when the voters ask in November what you did with their taxes?

    February 11, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  23. andy

    BeverlyNC be sure and read my post,you will like it.I know I know blame it on Bush.Read the polls,The Republicans are now the party of choice.See you Dems will have to work with us and the American people are fed up with the Dems-the party of do absolutely nothing and blame it on someone else.Hey you had the super majority and what did the Dems do-ABSOLUTELY NOTHING,now blame that on someone else.

    February 11, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. annie against biased news

    To Mike in MN – shame on anybody who votes for this piece of destruction. All the wasted money this useless administration has poured out in the past year supposedly to help the economy and create jobs is nothing but a JOKE. The American people know there will be NO jobs created by these spending sprees (except for the ones going to china). Any politician with at least one brain cell left had better darn well vote NO for this no jobs will be created jobs bill.

    February 11, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Hud

    Democrats go back to simple majority. That is the only way you are going to get any thing done.The party of no is going to remain the party of no.

    February 11, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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