It’s a jobs bill. Make it about jobs. And if the Republicans don’t want to vote for jobs, let them vote it down. Thank God Harry Reid is standing up to Max Baucus and his incessant need to do everything for the Republicans and big business. From The Hill via DailyKos:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is rewriting a jobs bill after Democrats complained of too many concessions to Republicans.
Reid announced Thursday that he would cut back on the jobs bill Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced only hours earlier, essentially overruling the powerful chairman….
Baucus had stuffed the bill with many provisions that Democratic senators thought went beyond the goal of creating jobs, such as $31 billion in extensions to expiring tax provisions, including the research and development tax credit. That and other tax cuts were included to win GOP votes….
Democrats complained the bill did not focus enough on job creation.
How novel, focusing a jobs bill on job-creating initiatives. In addition to the tax extenders, the Baucus bill had “a short-term extension of the USA PATRIOT Act, flood insurance provisions, Small Business Administration loan provisions, and a $1.5 billion package of agriculture disaster relief provisions.” Good show, Reid and Senate Dems. The bill might have to be done through reconciliation, but if Dems have to bring jobs to America on their own, so be it.