Senate Unveils $87B Jobs Bill

But vote will have to wait because of snow
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2010 1:47 PM CST
Senate Unveils $87B Jobs Bill
Max Baucus, Charles Grassley, and Sen. Orrin Hatch are seen on Capital Hill in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Senate Democrats revealed their long-awaited $87 billion jobs bill today, but thanks to the snow, lawmakers may not get around to voting on it for a while. The bill calls for a combination of tax breaks for businesses and construction projects to boost employment, and has the support of two Republicans: Chuck Grassley and Orrin Hatch.

Grassley and Max Baucus released the bill with a joint statement, stressing that it was only a draft, and could change. “We offer it as a first step in the Senate process,” they wrote. But any further steps will have to wait; the Senate isn’t voting on anything today because of the weather, and with a weeklong recess ahead, the bill isn’t likely to see any action until February 22, Reuters reports. (Read more Senate stories.)

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