Reid calls Monday vote on phantom jobs bill

Feb 4, 2010 10:29am

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: Democrats seem to have learned their lesson with the intricately thought-out, thousand page, trillion dollar bills that Republicans have so effectively picked apart. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced this morning at a press conference that there will be a vote in the Senate on Monday on a “jobs bill.” It would be a procedural vote to start debating the bill. The problem is, nobody has yet written one down. And reporters at Reid’s press conference, called to announce a new “jobs agenda,” were given an impressive-looking packet with a cover sheet that reads “Democratic Jobs Agenda” with the sub-headline “Putting America Back to Work.” But underneath the cover page is 2.5 pages of bullet-point ideas with no specifics.  Read the report HERE. It is true that many of the ideas have bipartisan support. For instance, the first one lists is a tax credit for employers who add new employees. But there is division about the specifics of that proposal. Here's one bipartisan proposal from Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.  It would be targeted at small businesses who hire employees that have long been out of work. There are other, similar proposals. Here’s a more generous iteration of a new jobs tax credit from Democrats. Reid predicted there will be a bipartisan press conference Thursday or Friday to unveil a bipartisan bill. But that leaves scant time to craft legislative language, generate an official cost estimate, or have a floor debate. Reid was asked by a reporter if his caucus is in disarray, feuding with House Democrats over process, and stymied by an inability to overcome Republican obstruction. “You’re imagining a lot of things that don’t exist,” he told the reporter.

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