November 15th, 2011
08:01 PM ET
10 years ago

Senators say joint jobs bill has best chance of passing

(CNN) - As Congress continues to wrangle over jobs legislation, two senators from opposite sides of the aisle are introducing a more modest, bipartisan bill they hope will gain support from their colleagues.

Republican Marco Rubio of Florida and Democrat Chris Coons of Delaware, appearing on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” said the AGREE Act incorporated ideas from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, as well as from President Barack Obama.

“We hope they're going to come on board,” Rubio said when asked if he expected fellow senators to sign on to their proposed legislation. “These ideas are borrowed from them. These are ideas that many of our colleagues have offered.”

The senators said they had not yet contacted the White House about their proposal.

The AGREE Act - which stands for American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship - includes provisions for encouraging manufacturers to hire American workers, and for helping veterans create businesses.

Coons said the main goal was crafting a proposal that stands a chance of passing the Senate and the House of Representatives, which is why the AGREE Act includes fewer provisions than Obama’s American Jobs Act or jobs bills proposed by Republicans.

“In some ways, I think the most important thing we've worked on was a common-sense bill that has proposals that both houses ought to be able to pass,” Coons said.

Rubio, whose successful 2010 election was fueled partly by backing from tea party groups, said he wasn’t worried about backlash from his base of supporters.

“I don't think that's going to be the issue,” Rubio said. “People want to see jobs being created. Most importantly, people look at us and say, ‘At least work together on the things you agree on.’ There's plenty to fight over. There's plenty to disagree on. That's why we have elections, but these are the things we agree on. The people deserve us to be working for them.”

Filed under: Chris Coons • Congress • Jobs • Marco Rubio
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Reggie from LA

    OK. What's the catch? I wouldn't trust Rubio as far as I could throw him. Bipartisan-ism is beyond the scope of this current crop of GOP/TP. The best way to gain jobs is to get the Chamber of Commerce off everyone's chest and let employers hire folks. Don't think there's not a move afoot to keep unemployment numbers up to damage the Obama administration...even though hiring is occurring, but slowly.

    November 15, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. Russell

    I applaud these two senators for acting like responsible leaders. I hope their colleagues take note and fall in line. This simple gesture would be enough for them to get my vote if they were in my state.

    November 15, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. gt

    thats how you do it .. work for the people not your parties

    November 15, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. Tired of the nonsense

    Stop the presses!

    Headline news - a Republican senator has actually admitted that a bipartisan bill is a GOOD IDEA!

    Yes, ladies and gentlemen, hell has just frozen over. Film at 11:00.

    November 15, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |

    That's a good start fellows. Now try to get the dinosaurs and obstructionist on board. Good Job!!

    November 15, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. otermbachmann

    Can one really trust Marco rubic cube?

    November 15, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Larry L

    Cooperation is good. Stop being political weasels and bowing down to the likes of the Tea Party. Do something good for Americans. Great start!

    November 15, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. LegendRx

    show these two pansies the door!

    November 15, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. zb

    So what are they proposing?

    November 15, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. texan

    Yes !!!! Give more tax breaks to the businesses so they can hire more employees to make more product. What !?!? No demand ??? --– I`m a businessman and if I had more CUSTOMERS, I`d hire more EMPLOYEES, PERIOD. What am I to do with excess product.--- People don`t understand basic economics.

    November 15, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  11. Ray

    Lots of talk but no action. Congress continue to collect pay check and benefit but don't do dame thing.

    November 15, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. jersvette

    Encouraging. Hopefully it will spur constructive dialogue between the two parties.

    November 15, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. Keith in Austin

    Just pass it!

    November 15, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    One of the best things both parties can do to create an environment for economic growth and job creation on a permanent basis is to start paying down the $14.5 trillion debt. This monster will continue to overwhelm our economy until someone responsible enough to do something about it makes the difficult decisions. Obama barely acknowledges it's existence even though more of it was created during his administration than any other. He placed some huge bad bets and lost.

    November 15, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. chuck weidemann

    Thank you senators!! This is a tone of conversation I can live with. Somebody needed to agree on something for the good of all involved...our country and its people. Two adults,let's see if any others can put on there big boy pants and big girl dresses and make something happen.

    November 15, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  16. chill

    CNN, would you mind telling us what's IN THE BILL instead of spending the entire article on the politics?

    November 15, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. Mel125

    Some people in congress need go to jail for this nonsense....holding up progress.

    November 15, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be a nice if this kind of thing happened more often. I wonder why people don't cooperate more often?

    November 15, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. david bidlack

    the senate works by "filibuster" and the house works part time in washington (maybe 115 days this year) while full time americans work 250 days plus a year! you are right on the mark about the election just not the outcome because this election is about hiring somebody that wants to work on americas problems. the filibuster republicans in the senate and the republican controlled part time house seem to think that they only have to work after the election when they controll everything. good luck to your gamble but i think at this time in america your not going to fool people out of their vote!

    November 15, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  20. m1983

    Rubio is a big liar, I will not trust anything he say or do. He is under fire as to when his family came from Cuba, he is
    trying to change the conversation. He do not want to create any job, why now. A few week ago he voted against the
    job bill. There is something about this guy that come across as a big phony.

    November 15, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. focusonjobs1

    Where is the bill, and will the CBO say it will actually create jobs?

    November 16, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  22. Mel125

    When its all said and done....republicans in congress need to be fired without any benefits...the way they've handled this jobs bill is just rediculous!

    November 16, 2011 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  23. Sam K.

    So they agree on the least effective and watered down of ideas for job growth?
    This sort of nonsense is why no one has any confidence at all in our legislators, much less the rest of the government.
    All they did was patch together some minimalist ideas that the lobbyists had no opposition to, otherwise they'd be fighting over those things as well.
    These legislators have no shame, no interest in representing the American People, and should be arrested for what they are doing to this country.
    What we need is an end to criminal and unethical behavior in government, but no one will step up and do the right thing anywhere who could actually accomplish anything. Occupying parks does not arrest the corrupt officials.
    OWS is not stopping them at all. These treasonous criminals hiding in plain sight in the halls of government no doubt chuckle behind closed doors as they count their money.
    These deliberately lackluster bits of legislation are just smoke and mirrors while everyone packs their golden parachute with the help of lobbyists as they sell our country to anyone at all with the money, like the sleazy politicians they are.
    But that's just my opinion. Not everyone sees the stuff I do. They are kept too busy to look around them and think about what is actually happening in plain sight for all to see. – Sam K.

    November 16, 2011 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  24. AK_steve

    Finally, a couple representatives that are not speaking on behalf of special interest. Probably because they are freshman. Be what it is they seem to be speaking for the people NOT the lobbyist. Go new bloods, go!

    November 16, 2011 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  25. Not fooled

    Great-anything that puts people back to work.

    November 16, 2011 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
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