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Senate Dems ax bipartisan jobs bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats scrapped a bipartisan jobs bill in favor of one they say is leaner and focused solely on putting Americans back to work, and they're all but daring Republicans to vote against it.

Reid, D-Nev., put forward the pared-back plan after Senate Democrats balked at a broader bill stuffed with unrelated provisions sought by lobbyists for business groups and doctors. The surprise blew apart an agreement with key Republicans like Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who worked with Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., for weeks to produce a bill containing the extra provisions.
The original bill had won support from across the political spectrum, from President Barack Obama as well as conservative Republicans in the Senate, offering the promise of a rare bipartisan package.
Now, the bipartisan agreement is off.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100212/D9DQHG900.html

Your thoughts?

 
29again

Asked by 29again at 1:37 PM on Feb. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • So, why didn't Reid send them back for a more cost effective Bipartisan solution? Instead of writing his own? Welcome to Harry Reid's Democratic Power Trip 2010.... Hopefully the ride will stop in November

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:54 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • This was supposedly the FIRST true bi-partisan bill... Since before Obama was President.... Harry Reid is another one of those liberal hack politicians... I think he and Pelosi are competing for the Liberal Hack of the Year award.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:43 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • Why would you not want a bill that is solely focused on putting Americans back to work?


    WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats scrapped a bipartisan jobs bill in favor of one they say is leaner and focused solely on putting Americans back to work

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:12 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • I think it is a TIE. Do we have enough stimulous money left to get an award for each of them?
    29again

    Answer by 29again at 2:12 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats scrapped a bipartisan jobs bill in favor of one they say is leaner and focused solely on putting Americans back to work When it comes out that Reid's bill did NOT put Americans back to work. Will you blame Republicans for not having a solution?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:18 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats scrapped a bipartisan jobs bill in favor of one they say is leaner and focused solely on putting Americans back to work


    When it comes out that Reid's bill did NOT put Americans back to work. Will you blame Republicans for not having a solution?


    Most probably.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:25 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • It seems like this is how Congress works now. The Dems write the bill, shut out the Pubs, then claim they have nothing to offer. The Bipartisan bill wasn't perfect (but it was less than 400 pages, so it couldn't have been that horrible!) but they could have still worked together to create a bipartisan bill. The democratic leadership has become as arrogant as the president. Can't wait till they join the unemployment lines in November.
    29again

    Answer by 29again at 3:30 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

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