House Dems Prepare Jobs Bill – But Don’t Call it ‘Stimulus’

By Britt

Nov 17, 2009 12:53pm

ABC News' Dean Norland Reports: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday that House Democratic leaders are working on passing a new jobs bill before the end of the year.

But he said the measure would not be a second "stimulus” bill — and declined to say how many jobs would be created.  The bill, which would be drafted by multiple House committees, is still under discussion by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team, Hoyer said at his weekly news conference.

 "It is clear that we need to act in a way that does get to creation of job opportunities for people in the short term.  And that's what we're trying to do,” he said.”

"Public jobs, job tax credits, infrastructure — a lot of options available.  We're discussing with economic advisers what is the most effective, and frankly differences of opinion on that.” Another possibility, he said, would include "states' assistance, so that the stress that they're feeling does not result in a loss of jobs.”

Action on job creation, he said, would come before his target adjournment date of Dec. 18. "So we're moving ahead at a pace that hopefully will allow us to do something in the next three weeks,” Hoyer said.

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