February 24th, 2010
10:55 AM ET
13 years ago

Senate passes jobs bill

Washington (CNN) - The Senate passed a $15 billion jobs bill Wednesday on a 70-28 vote.

Thirteen Republicans voted for the measure: Sens. Alexander, Bond, Brown (MA), Burr, Cochran, Collins, Hatch, Inhofe, Lemieux, Murkowski, Snowe, Voinovich and Wicker.

Sens. Alexander, Burr, Cochran, Hatch, Inhofe, Lemieux, Murkowski, and Wicker had originally voted against the bill.

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  1. Edwin

    Does this mean... there might be SOME bipartisanship coming, after all?

    I know those of you who hate everything the democrats create see this as a sign of betrayal, but perhaps these thirteen republicans would rather work for the American people than score political points. Maybe they actually read the bill and thought it was a pretty good idea (I don't know - I didn't read it).

    Or maybe they think they can score more political clout this way.

    In any case, I'm just happy the complete shutdown is potentially ending.

    I don't mean to say that these republicans will vote with the democrats all, or even most of the time, but it is good that they are willing to OCCASIONALLY side with the other side.

    February 24, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Carl Justus

    Sens. Alexander, Burr, Cochran, Hatch, Inhofe, Lemieux, Murkowski, and Wicker

    These are two face liars when it comes to treating the public with respect and good government.

    They will fight to give massive tax cuts to the richest of Americans and corporations who send jobs to foreign countries to make more and keep the profits in overseas subsidiaries, but will do little to help the average American unless their names will be published with the saying NO.

    February 24, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Independent_me

    I bet the other Republicans who did not vote for a bill that has everything the they believe in are regretting their obstructionist choice right now!

    Imagine explaining to your constituents – especially the small businesses in your areas – why you did not vote to support them with tax cuts, etc!


    Let the fun begin!

    February 24, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Terry from West Texas

    Harry Reid gave in again to Conservatives in Congress. Reid put together this little bill which will do some good for a few people. While much more is needed in terms of job creation, Reid wanted to accommodate, conciliate, compromise, placate, and please Republicans who can now say they voted for a jobs bill. That bill is something akin to passing out paper towels in New Orleans after Katrina so that flood victims could dry off.

    For some reason, Democrats are terrified of upsetting Republicans. There is more backbone in a banana than there is in the whole Democratic Party. Why can't the Democrats just do what's right and let the Conservatives filibuster, even if the filibuster lasts until next election day. Right now, the Republicans are blocking any and all action by the federal government and no one is blaming them for it.

    At least Harry Truman is not alive to see this.

    February 24, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. ccm

    Not doing enough to reach out? Frankly he has reached out too much to Republicans. He went to them on a televised republican meeting and took the questions from them. It was one against one-hundred and the one, won! And now he is having another televised event this Thur. with, you name it REPUBLICANS.

    No matter your party affiliation the Dems. are still the majority party and there is a Dem in the White House. I am all for compromise but there is a big difference between compromise, and being compromised.

    I will say, if the Republicans were in charge and wanted to push a healthcare agenda, they would have got it done months ago. No matter what. The Dems need to show some conviction and get this done. Maybe a lot of Americans do not like this health care bill, but Americans as a whole dislike losers. And that is how the Dems. will look if they do not get this done. A bunch of losers!

    February 24, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Fat boy and the rest will have something to say about this...

    February 24, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Debbie

    It says everything about the obstruction of the GOP when every article prints which Republicans voted for/against a bill.

    I was a member of the GOP for 35 years but they have moved to a point that I no longer be a part of. The constant screaming, acting boorish, lack of ideas, and abolute demand of purity ideals of a few forced me to leave. They have begun to look like the Nazi party. If you disagree with them....bam your politically dead.

    February 24, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. PALINs PALM PILOT...have all the Retarded asnwers to her Stupidity

    ...And Scott Brown is ANOTHER Arlen Specter!

    So much for him being the "messiah" of the Teabaggers second coming to take back our country and the constitution. LOL!!!!

    February 24, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Chuck Anaheim Ca.

    About time they did something except railing against the President.

    February 24, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Obama is against real reform

    That job bill really doesn't help, but the politicians had to look like they were doing something. Companies hire out of need for workers, not because of tax incentives.

    Obama still hasn't spent 2/3s of the 'stimulus' bill (democrat's slush fund). Why did we need to add another $15B to our debt?

    February 24, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. sonny chapman

    Now we know who are the Repubs. who would vote against Motherhood if they thought it would help Obama politically. Didn't one of those No Voters have 'Country First" as a campaign slogan ?

    February 24, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Thirteen Republicans voted for the measure: Sens. Alexander, Bond, Brown (MA), Burr, Cochran, Collins, Hatch, Inhofe, Lemieux, Murkowski, Snowe, Voinovich and Wicker."

    One of these things is not like the other....

    Seriously, how much mileage do you really think you can get out of the Scott Brown thing CNN? .

    February 24, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. RinMaine

    Way to go MAINE! Now break the line of "no," so 60 votes does not determine who is a loyal American. Susan and Olympia, we are proud of you.

    February 24, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |

    Are you kiddng me? 15 billion for a jobs bill that should have been 75 billion from the start? Get these incompetent Senate morons out of here come November. Nothing bold about this, just business as usual.

    February 24, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. William

    WOW! Took Republicans 14 months to finally do their jobs. We should demand a refund of their salaries. That would put a significant reduction in the deficiet.

    February 24, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. NC

    Thank you NC Senator Burr for doing what is best for our state. We really need to get our citizens back to work.

    February 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. carol

    Watch out any Republicans who voted for this. You will all be marked. Not voting down party line with a resounding NO will not make the rest happy. Good heavens they will be seen as traitors to the cause. About time some of them got some guts and started doing the right thing for the country though.

    February 24, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Keith in Austin

    More spending that we can not afford! Par for the course for Democrats but shame on the GOP Senators that should know better.

    February 24, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. J.P.

    Jobs bill, eh?

    Since when did government EVER create jobs, wealth and prosperity?

    If it did, there would be NO NEED for the private sector.
    We'd just all get in line for "free" gubmint goodies.

    Had O'nough yet?

    Incumbent Dump 2010

    February 24, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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