[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/18/art.reid.file.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Harry Reid yanked his support for a bipartisan jobs proposal that a number of Republicans said they would support."](CNN) A new CNN poll shows 84 percent of Americans believe Congress is not doing enough to tackle the nation's jobs problem.
This won't come as welcome news to them. When the Senate returns next week lawmakers will vote on a dramatically pared down jobs bill. Even in its diminished form – and despite enormous public pressure for Washington to act – that jobs bill may not pass.
Democrats said they are looking for the 60th vote to get it through the chamber.
Last Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, yanked his support for a bipartisan jobs proposal that a number of Republicans said they would support.
There were a variety reasons Reid made this decision. But multiple Democratic sources told CNN a key factor was a meeting Wednesday night between Reid and Senate Minority Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. These sources said McConnell would not agree to bring the bipartisan jobs bill to the floor quickly and Reid became concerned the Republican leader would drag out the process and the bill would ultimately fail.
"The caucus was tired of one or two Republicans supporting something so they can say they are working with Democrats, while McConnell and the other Republicans dump all over us," one Democratic source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said of Democratic senators.
That's a reference to the extended, but fruitless negotiations over health care reform.
It is apparent McConnell and Reid had very different timetables for the jobs bill. Reid wanted it passed before the Senate went on break last week. McConnell told CNN last week he thought it would "take a few weeks" and he added that "we're not quite ready to go forward."
So is this a case of Republicans publicly calling for a jobs bill, but privately working to derail it?
Absolutely not said those close to McConnell.
Neither Reid's nor McConnell's offices would offer comment about the private conversation.
Republican Senate aides insist Democrats did not need McConnell’s support to pass the bill, because other Republicans including Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Orrin Hatch of Utah were publicly supporting the bill and GOP Whip John Kyl said that while did didn’t support all parts of the bill, “it contains elements that are important to all of the people in the Senate.” Speaking at a news conference, Kyl also said, “I assume, within fairly short order, it will be adopted.”
"Surely he knew there was significant Republican support," one Republican Senate aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said of Reid.
Does that sound like the kind of gridlock that has made Americans so angry at Congress?
Reid has decided to dramatically scale back the bill by putting together a new version with four jobs growth measures for the Monday vote. Democrats are gambling that will be a political win for them, forcing Republicans to decide whether it's politically wise to vote against a popular job growth initiative.
Republicans are furious and have accused Reid of undermining progress on bipartisanship. None has committed to vote for the bill. Hatch, who co-sponsored one of the items in the scaled back jobs bill, plans to vote against it.
The Utah senator accused Reid of displaying "a tremendous arrogance of power" by yanking the bipartisan version of the bill.
In a conference call with reporters, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said Democratic leaders are speaking to a number of Republicans who have expressed interest in possibly supporting the new jobs measure on Monday. Reid's office confirmed that Sen. Scott Brown, who won last month's special election in Massachusetts to serve the remaining three years of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's term, is one of them.