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Senate advances jobs bill after collecting five GOP votes

Updated 6:54 p.m.
By Ben Pershing
The Senate voted Monday to advance a $15 billion jobs-creation measure, giving Democrats a key victory as they seek to reverse their declining political fortunes by emphasizing legislation to boost the economy. The chamber is now poised to pass the measure later this week.

Five Republicans, including new Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.) joined 57 Democrats in voting to proceed on the jobs bill, after a suspenseful buildup in which members of both parties wondered whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could cobble together enough votes to proceed.

Reid lost the public support of several Republicans after discarding an $85 billion jobs package negotiated by Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) in favor of a narrower bill. GOP leaders complained that Reid had spurned a bipartisan deal negotiated in good faith.

Republicans Christopher Bond (Mo.), Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and George Voinovich (OhIo) joined Brown in deciding to back the bill anyway. Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) was the lone Democrat to vote against the measure, which advanced, 62 to 30.

The smaller measure's centerpiece allows companies to avoid paying Social Security taxes for the remainder of 2010 on new hires who have been unemployed for at least 60 days. Employers would also get a $1,000 tax credit for each new worker who stays on the job for at least a year.

Democrats tout the $13 billion program as a simple way to create thousands of new jobs quickly, though some experts dismiss it as too small to make a significant dent in the nation's unemployment rate.

The jobs bill also includes a one-year reauthorization and infusion of money for the highway trust fund, a provision allowing companies to write off equipment purchases as business expenses, and an expansion of the Build America Bonds program, which helps state and local governments get financing for infrastructure projects.

"This bill will create the right conditions for the private sector to start hiring again," Reid said before the vote began.

Brown -- who stunned the political world in January by winning the seat of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D) -- announced his intention to support the measure just minutes before Monday's vote, saying he "came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside. ... This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I will vote for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work."

Voinovich, who is retiring at the end of 2010, said he agreed to back the bill after getting a commitment from Reid "that he will bring the reauthorization of a multi-year surface transportation bill to the floor for a vote this year."

The Social Security tax break, co-authored by Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), is smaller and substantively different from a new job tax credit plan advanced by Obama. But the president still praised the Senate measure.

"The American people want to see Washington put aside partisan differences and make progress on jobs, and today the Senate took one important step forward in doing that," Obama said in a statement. "I'm grateful to the Democratic and Republican senators who voted to support these investments in infrastructure and small businesses. ... I look forward to working with members from both parties to get legislation signed, and the American people back to work.

The larger measure included everything in Monday's bill, and also incorporated extensions of unemployment insurance and COBRA health benefits, as well as a temporary "fix" to prevent a scheduled cut in payments to doctors under Medicare. The bill also carried a $31 billion package of extensions of expiring tax breaks, such as the research and development credit, that was eagerly sought by Senate Republicans and a variety of affected industries.

But those extensions gave pause to Reid and some liberals in the Democratic caucus, who worried that the bill would be portrayed as a massive giveaway to K Street.

Ahead of the vote, each side accused the other of putting electoral gamesmanship above the need to create new jobs.

"At this point, there's no reason beyond politics to obstruct any of these measures," said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), later adding, "I think continuing to force votes is the prerogative of the majority. Whether to let them through is the prerogative of a minority that controls 41 votes, and we have to make those choices clear."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) complained that Republicans weren't allowed to offer amendments to Monday's jobs bill, even though they have proposals of their own for how to create new jobs. "Those ideas should be considered," he said.

Staff writer Anne E. Kornblut contributed to this report.

By Ben Pershing  |  February 22, 2010; 6:23 PM ET
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Scott Brown: A Republican I like. Unbelievable.

Posted by: tropunlim | February 23, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Pathfinder, you're clueless if you think the gov't spending has been so beneficial. 10% unemployment when promised it wouldn't go higher than 8. Why? Because if was a lot of favors to his dem friends. Tax cuts? If you are married and make $40K or $50K or $60; you saved $32 with Obama's tax cuts. Quit drinking Obama's koolaid and do some research for yourself. As far as the republicans, screw them! They got us started on this gravy train with Bush's $300B-$400B deficits...ridiculous. Of course, you like likely think Obama's $1T+ deficits for the next decade is ok. Don't be such a sheep to either party.

Posted by: Tostitos | February 23, 2010 4:11 AM | Report abuse

This is an intelligence test. How many times do you whack yourself on the head with a hammer -- or have someone else be the whacker -- before you figure out that this hurts?
Republicans have been hammering us on the head on health care. They don't care about doing us harm.
Now all but a few Republicans whacked us on the head about jobs and recovery from the Bush/Republican near Great Depression II. They don't care about our jobs and economic survival of our families.
Yet too many whacked-on Americans fall for the Republican mantra of Big Government (recited as Republicans keep whacking us on the head).
Let's not take this anymore.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | February 23, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Senator Brown appears to have one goal in mind, the Presidency of the United States. He figures if he won in Massachusetts, he can win anywhere.

He just may be right. Sorry, Barack. Sorry, Sarah.

Posted by: magellan1 | February 22, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse


You and your Republican ilk can't have it both ways: You can't complain about out of control spending and then vote against a bill that is billions less than your own proposed bill. You can't harp about helping Wall Street and then cry about new regulations. You can't whine about unemployment and then scream about the effective Stimulus bill and the new jobs bill.

Pick one or the other. Of course, if you pick the route you're supposed to pick, you'd be voting against jobs for the middle class, voting against tax cuts for the middle class, voting to let the world's banks go broke, allowing the middle and lower class to go with it, vote against stimulus because who cares if the working and lower class are poor and now lacking health care.

But you can't show yourself for who you really are because how else will you get those people to vote for you; they do need their guns and religion.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | February 22, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

This may be too modest, but it's the best way to rebuild confidence and change the narrative. Passing a number of focused bills that benefit both Democratic and Republican constituencies may not please the extremes of each party, but it will advance the interests of the American people and defuse some of the hysteria.

Posted by: patr2 | February 22, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

With 99-week unemployment compensation, people aren't rushing to get back to work. Now with this new extension, they'll stay on "Funemployment."

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 22, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Attached to the job bill the Republicans should demand from the Liberal-Democrats such as Sen. Harry Reid a permanant E-Verify. The job bill should only be for citizens and legal residents. Our immigration enforcement programs are upside down, because Washington and the open border lobbyists have engineered it that way. We legally in this country have never undertaken, to research the truth about the decades of neglect under different administrations. We have been taken to the cleaner's for years, because we never seriously asked questions because we didn't have access to lawmakers? But the Internet has changed all that and anybody today can unravel the truth about the millions of illegal immigrants squatting here. YOU THE TAXPAYER ARE FORKING OUT THE BILLIONS? SO YOU SHOULD GOOGLE THE TRUTH AND FIND OUT WHERE YOUR TAXES ARE GOING? While you about it, research SMARTBUSINESSESPRACTICES. and read about the WASHINGTON AND STATE CORRUPTION AT JUDICIAL WATCH. dot. org

At the same time call those phonies at the Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask them why are they trying to sell us on another AMNESTY, when the last one was never enforced. At the same time asked them why they have cut-back on ICE raids or why Janet Napolitano isn't doing her Homeland Security (HSC) job properly and evidently listening to open border lobbyists. HS chief has deliberately cut funding for the State, county and city police training programs, so they can arrest illegal aliens and send them home. In addition E-Verify has been recommended in the future to unmask illegal immigrant fraudulent mortgages and loan restructuring, transportation drivers licenses, vehicle registrations, insurance and health care.irregularities. It could also be used to detect illegal aliens voting in our elections as well. Our country is overrun by not just job seeking illegals, but hardened gangs and a list of habitual criminals who have run rampant.

Be ready to deflate these tired old wealthy legislators brought and sold, beginning with the mid-term elections. PUBLIC UPROAR IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THINGS DONE? American jobs for American people. One flag--One language. No Copyright. Copy and Paste. Watch for illegal aliens voting in--NEVADA--this 2010.

Posted by: infinity555 | February 22, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Fifteen billion for a "jobs" bill is a "key victory?" This article sounds like a white house propaganda press release.

Few people are going to be sufficiently intellectually challenged enough to believe this is more than a puny, token public relations ploy. Obama and Congress waste this much money about every month on their two wars in the middle east.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | February 22, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse


Hello! Obama took office 13 months ago and should have made jobs a priority from the gitgo. His stimulus was garbage and cost $1T (with interest). He signed a record annual budget for FY10 and another record budget for FY11! The congress passed a record number of dollars in 2009 and have the benefit of a business cycle they have circumvented. There are no jobs because of cap & trade, higher taxes on everything and increases in income taxes on the way, out of control debt, labor unions getting clout, more regulations, anti-business rhetoric, incompetence across the board....all killers for employment. Anybody home?

Posted by: Tostitos | February 22, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

This is an intelligence test. How many times do you whack yourself on the head with a hammer -- or have someone else be the whacker -- before you figure out that this hurts?
Republicans have been hammering us on the head on health care. They don't care about doing us harm.
Now all but a few Republicans whacked us on the head about jobs and recovery from the Bush/Republican near Great Depression II. They don't care about our jobs and economic survival of our families.
Yet too many whacked-on Americans fall for the Republican mantra of Big Government (recited as Republicans keep whacking us on the head).
Let's not take this anymore.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | February 22, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see this coming; Scott Brown gives Obama and Harry Reid their biggest legislative victory of 2010 (so far)?

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 22, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I just don't know where to start. First off, there was a great opportunity to pass a larger bill and under bipartisan terms. Harry Reid found a way to screw that up. And Nelson, that famous waste of a good set of teeth, couldn't find his way clear to vote for even this paltry package. Jon Stewart once described my party as "disorganized and silly." It pains me to admit it, but he was so right. There's no effective leadership. But I think it's fair to say that I am also disgusted on an equal opportunity level because even the $85 billion package was not nearly enough to respond to the crisis of joblessness. I am losing hope that either party has the intelligence and the love of country it takes to govern.

Posted by: irishphilly | February 22, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I do believe some Republicans are voting with their brains to create jobs, and not just saluting their own party as it sinks into oblivion.

Yes this is about jobs, which are important right now. Hello, anybody home?

Posted by: ringlingj | February 22, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

The Senate has done a good thing in advancing a bill which will increase job growth. With five votes from Republicans, it's no surprise that I consider the Republican party to be one of obstruction. Though some experts have said that the dent would be small and that Scott Brown wanted more tax cuts in it, which are unecessary, that bill, if it becomes law, will help to increase jobs.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | February 22, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, only now do the right-wingers express sympathy. How ironic.

Posted by: kurthunt | February 22, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

CPAC members are having an emergency meeting to respond to the actions of the 5 repubs who voted for this bill. The options on the table are #1 fielding another candidate in the next primary or # 2 Having someone fly a plane into the members house.

Posted by: rkerg | February 22, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Time Magazine: "Whether Republican, Democrat Or Republican, taxes will have to be Raised, Substantially"

The McCain Tax Increases

Posted by Joe Klein Friday, September 12, 2008 at

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Director of the Congressional Budget Office and current chief McCain economic advisor, is an honest man--which means he's something of a liability on the Straight Talk Express. A few months ago, he admitted to my colleague, Michael Scherer, that Barack Obama's economic plan would reduce taxes for most people. And now, in a forthcoming book by Fortune columnist Matt Miller, he makes it clear that the next President is going to have to raise taxes.

"If you do nothing on the spending side, you're going to have to raise taxes whether you're a Republican, a Democrat or a Martian," he tells Miller...and then he immediately makes it clear that the "spending side" part of the argument is nothing more than a political fig-leaf.

"It's arithmetic." Federal revenue today is 18.8 percent of GDP and federal spending is 20 percent. Holtz-Eakin observes that "the pressure are there" to lift spending [on entitlement programs, mostly] and taxes to 23 or 24 percent of GDP by around 2020, and to as much as 27 percent if health costs remain out of control.

Miller does the arithmetic: that's an annual tax hike of $550 to $700 billion, well beyond the range of any spending cuts that McCain has or might propose. (Those vaunted earmarks cost about $20 billion per year.)

It should be noted that Obama's proposed middle class tax cuts are nearly as foolish--and unlikely, in the long term--as McCain's, although Obama claims to pay for them by closing corporate loopholes and raising the top marginal tax rates to Clinton-era levels.

But it's John McCain who has opposed any and all tax increases, sort of--as I reported yesterday, McCain would tax employer-provided health care benefits. (He would also raise energy costs significantly with his cap-and-trade carbon emissions reduction program.)

Miller concludes:

So why does tax-cutting mania persist among Republicans, I asked Holtz-Eakin, the McCain adviser--given...that, as Holtz-Eakin himself explain to me, taxes soon have to go up substantially in any event?
"It's the brand," he said, "and you don't dilute the brand."

Miller's book, The Tyranny of Dead Ideas, will be published by Holt in January 2009. I'm about halfway through reading an advance copy and, as is always the case with Miller, this is a smart, sane and extremely well-written account of our current economic mess.

Update: What Holtz-Eakin admitted to Scherer was that the Obama's plan represented a net tax reduction over ten years.

Read more:

Posted by: omaarsblade | February 22, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Ut-ohhh... Scottie Brown voted with the party that's trying to HELP Americans. The Republican leadership will punish him for that! Very bad boy, putting the country ahead of your sourpussed, self-absorbed party. Obviously the new guy hasn't gone through the GOP hazing yet.

Posted by: B2O2 | February 22, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

motogp46 asked, "Why are Teabaggers such poor spellers? Seriously."

Because they regard diplomas as akin to Hawaiian birth certificates, which is to say, evidence that there's a communist plot afoot.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 22, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Just what the country needs - another porkulus bill. Okay, pass the da-n thing if you want your pork, but don't call it a "jobs" bill.

Posted by: birvin9999 | February 22, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"I am tired of hearing repubs had no input.
Posted by: mikel7"

Name one Republican amendment that made it in.

Not moderate ideas that Republicans agree with. Not conservatives idea that were added by Democrats because they were good ideas. Not a conservative ideas to pacify moderate Republicans.

But actual conservative ideas proposed by Republicans and allowed to elicit Republican support.

You won't find one. The closest you'll find is the one Snowe amendment that Schumer also co-sponsored.

Posted by: cprferry | February 22, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

People have to remember that a Republican in Mass is like a Calif Liberal, not much difference. Unfortunately he ran and was elected by the people of Mass because he walked the walk, but from first glance it seems he was another coward in sheeps clothing. Wonder what his political future will be in the next election cycle. That will tell the tale of whether or not he has done what the voters wanted.

Posted by: jmsmaxwell | February 22, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

People have to remember that a Republican in Mass is like a Calif Liberal, not much difference. Unfortunately he ran and was elected by the people of Mass because he walked the walk, but from first glance it seems he was another coward in sheeps clothing. Wonder what his political future will be in the next election cycle. That will tell the tale of whether or not he has done what the voters wanted.

Posted by: jmsmaxwell | February 22, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

"I'm a uniter not a divider..." Refresh my memory. Who said that?

Posted by: jato11 | February 22, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

It figures the only Repubs to back the bill were the 4 most reasonable ones (plus Brown, because Mass. unemployment is quite high.) All the others just want to load it up with business tax breaks, which do not create any jobs at all. Congress has a long way to go.

Posted by: therobot | February 22, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand Brown's vote. Is he now against debate? All of a sudden he has nothing to contribute to the conversation about jobs in America? Whatever the Dems want to do is OK with him?
Major disconnect here.
Hmmm. Didn't someone somewhere say that Brown is one of McCain's students? THAT makes perfect sense then.
Back to business as usual for the GOP, eh?

Posted by: BigSea | February 22, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

15 billion for job creation is pissing in the wind.

Posted by: 0460 | February 22, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Is there any protection against companies offsetting the hiring of new employees by firing existing employees?

Posted by: cprferry | February 22, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Brown just blew his political future, like Schwarzenegger.

Posted by: pkhenry | February 22, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Why are Teabaggers such poor spellers? Seriously.

Posted by: motogp46 | February 22, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

WOw Scott Brownn maybe our Joe Liberman..
But with a heart..


Posted by: Issa1 | February 22, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

"Reid lost the public support of several Republicans after discarding an $85 billion jobs package negotiated by Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) in favor of a narrower bill. GOP leaders complained that Reid had spurned a bipartisan deal negotiated in good faith."

I used to be a fan of the seemingly plain-spoken Sen. Grassley, but after his machinations on the health care bill, and particularly his feeding the "death panels" frenzy, it strikes me that saying "Grassley" and "good faith" in the same breath might cause a person to choke.

If Reid's intent was to poke two fingers three stooges-like in the Grassley vision organs, high fives to the senator from Nevada.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 22, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks27 | February 22, 2010 8:28 PM

I'll give it another thumbs up...

Posted by: rpatoh | February 22, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks27: excellent post; you've nailed a lot of our problems, and provided some decent solutions. BigTrees at 7:57 post should read it; his Keynesian solutions have been proven so utterly wrong over the years. I have graduate degrees in Economics and was indoctrinated as a Keynesian; it took the real world to show me that my professors were blatantly wrong; just read any non-partisan book on FDR and the Great Depression.

Posted by: apberusdisvet | February 22, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

So Scott Brown voted for a jobs bill....big deal. In the Obama economy, where unemployment is at more than 9.5%, even an inefficient bill to create jobs is better than nothing at all.
Posted by: ttj1

Aww! sour grapes, goober?


Posted by: HumanSimpleton | February 22, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

That is funny. Jennifer555 called the President a retard and she didn't even read the article and has no idea what she is talking about.

Don't worry, I'm embarrassed for you. I think we all are.

As for the topic itself. Its nice to see a few people in the Senate actually accomplished something today. THAT is a victory for America.

Its even a victory for you too Jennifer555. You just don't seem to realize it.

Posted by: mrdorkbutt | February 22, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Congress go on a year-long district work period? They're not getting work done at the Capitol. When they return, their furniture, papers, and knickknacks will be located in the snow banks outside the building and their positions will be filled by gerbils on wheels. The I.Q. and work ethic of most gerbils exceeds that of many Senators.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | February 22, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

So Scott Brown voted for a jobs bill....big deal. In the Obama economy, where unemployment is at more than 9.5%, even an inefficient bill to create jobs is better than nothing at all. Let Brown play the populist for a while. Heck, Ted Kennedy did it for more than 30 years...

Posted by: ttj1 | February 22, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how they will calculate Social Security benefits for new hires affected by this bill. Will they only get half credit, or will the rest of us be losing even more in the nearly bankrupt system?

Posted by: rpatoh | February 22, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

You mean to tell me the new Republican Senator on the block came to Washington to make progress and not retrogress.

I bet the Tea Bagger's are retrogressing into a frenzy state of mind right about now.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 22, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

God help us! My state government (Oregon) is looking upon this like maggots see roadkill. Most of this legislation is for maintaining or enlarging state and local public sector jobs. Everyone understands that, on par, these are corrupt, bloated, politically or personally connected thieves. Don't do it! We need our jobs back. Don't spend one dime. Instead, bring back trade tariffs, duties, fees, and enact punitive taxes on investments that result in outsourcing of jobs or the creation of new jobs outside of the U.S. Simply doing away with the H1-B and L-1 visas would provide jobs for 4.5 million out of work technology sector employees, displaced when the greedy (*#$)(*#(*$ at Microsoft, HP, IBM, et al replaced them with cheap Indian and Chinese "guest workers". If they really think they need a guest worker, make 'em pay for it - a $200,000 annual permit/fee per worker sounds pretty reasonable to me. Likewise, a $5 per U.S. service call or a 100% tariff on Chinese and Indian assembled computers and electronics might just cause a flood of returning jobs! And, those fees would actually make money for the federal government, retiring some of the debt we incurred bailing out those bank executives. Oh, and while at it, issue fix interest rate 5% small business loans directly through the Small Business Administration and issue 12% capped rate credit cards directly through credit unions. Stop playing games with Wall Street, the big banks, and corporate criminals.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 22, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Here I thought republicans didn't know how to cast an aye vote. Maybe there is hope for them actually doing the job they were elected to do... participate in governing a nation.

Posted by: jonbasil | February 22, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Republicans voting for the government creation of jobs?

Off with their heads!!!

(Will the tea-baggers still claim left-of-center, pro-lifer Scott Brown as one of their victories? Heh, heh, heh...)

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | February 22, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

A republican actually participated in governing???

Posted by: jonbasil | February 22, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

It's about time that jobs are even considered by this inept Congress!
This should have been pursued a year ago in lieu of the "health care reform"!
Without jobs for all willing to work, there can be no consideration of passing HCR that we cannot afford.

Posted by: SeniorVet | February 22, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

The same 30 Republican Senators who voted against this jobs bill are the very same clowns that voted against the Iraq Contractor Rape Bill last year, stating that female workers who are raped by their co-workers while serving in Iraq cannot sue anyone. Great job guys. And these are so called compassionate, "family values" folks???

Posted by: logcabin1836 | February 22, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

62-30, eh? So, where were the other eight Senators who decided not to show up to work today?

Posted by: WildBill1 | February 22, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

"Heck of a job BrownieRedux!"

Posted by: houston123 | February 22, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tea-baggers, how's your victory party going?

Posted by: HughBriss | February 22, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Brown was just elected and will now be reelected..Good for him....

Posted by: robinhood2 | February 22, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

..."Good if this gets jobs to American's it's a start!

American's need jobs, and the sooner our government acts the sooner American's can go back to work!

Republicans have ruined the United States but good, they lost eight and a half million jobs, its about time they did something to bring them back!

Posted by: ztcb41 | February 22, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Anyone here ever study economics, even on the high school level? The one sure fire way NOT to get out of a recession is to cut government spending.

Cut government spending and you drive more people into the unemployment line and poverty, more foreclosures and bankruptcies.

That appears to be what the Republicans want - more misery for everybody.

Why would any rational human being voter for someone who is actively trying to force the American people out of their jobs and homes?

The states are $1 Trillion dollars in the hole this fiscal year already? How do you solve that? Republicans would drive one million government workers to the unemployment line. What does that accomplish? It brings on the depression all economist agree last year's stimulus avoided. But the work and cost of cleaning up 40 years of failed GOP fiscal policy, deregulation and malfeasance in office have caused.

So, right-wingers, sit down and shut up. Democrats are cleaning up your mess. Again!

Posted by: BigTrees | February 22, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

The goober complaining about "more debt" are truly the most ignorant of the goobers!

Earlier this month the GOP had all but agreed to pass a bill of $85 billion, more than five times the size of this one.

ESAD, goobers! ESAD!

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | February 22, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I believe both parties are starting to feel the heat for the mid term elections coming up. Just maybe we can get on with running the country a little better. I can hear Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh running down these five GOP Senators now.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | February 22, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

"Heck of a job Brownie!"

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | February 22, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: houston123 | February 22, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

OMG! The world is ending! Republicans coming to their senses!

Don't tell Limbaugh five of his pets got out and are running loose. Is sanity returning to the GOP or is this simply an aberration? Next thing you know one of them might take responsibility for our piss poor economic situation... Nah, too much to ask for in one lifetime.

Posted by: BigTrees | February 22, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

If Scott Brown is independent he should join Joe Lieberman , he is in the wrong train.

Posted by: suemurty | February 22, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Brown has got the spending disease already. Politicians are just incapable of saying no. The stimulus will end up costing over $1T with interest - why couldn't we just expedite that spending? Why not redirect funds from Obama's record annual budget he signed last year (for 2010) or the new record spending he signed for FY11? Or the billions Obama promised after his latest campaign stops. This is TAX PAYER MONEY....not gov't spending. There isn't an ounce of responsibility in DC and those who defend this reckless spending are clueless on its implications for the dollar, inflation and the country's financial stability.

Posted by: Tostitos | February 22, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Ask any businessman/woman: is there any portion of the bill that will induce you to hire anyone? The answer: a resounding NO. More smoke and mirrors from a Congress that never had to hire a productive worker.

Posted by: apberusdisvet | February 22, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer555, this is not the health care bill. It's a jobs stimulus bill.

Posted by: Chip_M | February 22, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Finally, some republicans putting --wait for it -- the good of the country beyond their own rabid, bitter, sick desire for power. Good on the five.

Posted by: monk4hall | February 22, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Browns a libarel in sheeps closing. He will be vote out by my feloow tea bagers in Novenber. We partitoic Americans do'nt want jobs we want all libarels out in Novenber.

Posted by: wilder5121 | February 22, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I am tired of hearing repubs had no input. They did and that's why Reid knocked out the much of the spending portion of the original bill that would have helped the lobbyists. I am sick of hearing mcconneel and boehner crying about not being included in the the health care debate, even when Obama has agreed to put Thursday's meeting on live TV, when he has accepted many of the republicans' ideas. You know why? Because they ahve nothing real to offer and are afraid the people will see that for themselves. The repub leadership will be taken seriously when they decide to get serious and help this country and not just their party.

Posted by: mikel7 | February 22, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Hatch was one of the 8 who didn't vote. Shows a lot of character don't ya think.

Posted by: Dr_Know | February 22, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Jobs bill, stimulus packages, bailouts, etc. will only prolong the inevitable.

There are too many people, too much ignorance, too much greed and not enough resources for economic recovery.

Posted by: OldHippie | February 22, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY, some Republicans with gumption. This is what the American People want Democrats and Republicans working together to get the People's work done. You know Americans aren't in love with Republicans either. When it comes time to vote I think all those Republicans that form the Party of No might wake up out of a job. Goes the same for Dems too.

Posted by: rymp | February 22, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

it's ok for this to pass because no matter how you look at it, if it does not generate jobs, it's still the fault of the dems...
after all they wrote it without any Republican input...
I think this goes not go far enough...
but the dems think the moronic voters won't see it for what it is...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 22, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Sen-Brown: "Tells GOP Don't Count On Me For Every Vote"

He Told Them and his 1st Vote was a Good Vote, Live With It.

The newest senator's in a vulnerable position. He's from a fairly liberal state (although apparently not as liberal as everyone thinks) and he's got to run again in four two years. I think we'll see some very interesting votes from the other Senator Brown:

BOSTON – Scott Brown says he has already told Senate Republican leaders they won't always be able to count on his vote.

The man who staged an upset in last week's Massachusetts Senate special election, in part by pledging to be the 41st GOP vote against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that he staked his claim in early conversations with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip Jon Kyl.

"I already told them, you know, `I got here with the help of a close group of friends and very little help from anyone down there, so there'll be issues when I'll be with you and there are issues when I won't be with you,'" Brown said Thursday during the half-hour interview. "So, I just need to look at each vote and then make a proper analysis and then decide."

Posted by: omaarsblade | February 22, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I support the Democrat Party to draft Scott Brown and trade or place on waivers Ben Nelson. Brown appears to have more sense that the experienced Nelson.

Teabaggers, stock up on the vaseline, it's going to be a rough ride this year.

Posted by: COWENS99 | February 22, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

While I disagree with his vote, I'm glad to see Scott Brown show some independence. We supported him fully understanding that, being from deep blue Mass., he would most certainly disappoint us on a good percentage of his votes. This is not necessarily a bad thing though because he represents Mass. not the GOP. We need more politicians like that, regardless of the Party. Loyalty to your constituents comes first, Party comes last.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | February 22, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

We can pray for more cooperation to pass legislation which actually helps common people, not just the rich bankers and CEOs.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | February 22, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Tea Baggers

Selfish, me-too types who measure everything ONLY by the bottom line and NEVER see a human side to anything.

Posted by: jadams3 | February 22, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown voted for more debt? The tea tonight will be bitter lemon.

Posted by: bobbarnes | February 22, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Where is the renewed funding for 48C, the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit? That was the coolest thing the President announced 1-8-10. I hope it gets renewed. Anybody with me?

Posted by: TaxCreditsRCool | February 22, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

This is the Senate Bill with all of the disgusting Corporate-Democrat-Pig ripoffs which we were hearing about before Christmas.

There are no cost controls to regulate the medical care business.

There are no controls to regulate wrongful denial of claims by insurance companies and HMOs.

"Consumers are allowed to buy insurance across State lines" which will mean that all health insurers will move their operations to North Dakota, which has NO INSURANCE REGULATIONS.

There are no controls on increases in insurance/HMO premiums.

This bill is an absolute gift to the medical industry and the insurance industry.


Barack Obama is a windbag and moron, nothing less. I don't care if he went to Harvard Law School, he is a moron.

He will be voted out of office is he signs this bill.

I never thought I'd see a President stupider than George W. Bush, but now I have.

I say this as a Progressive Democrat.

Barack Obama is the retard.

Posted by: Jennifer555 | February 22, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Sen. Brown has just slipped poison in somebody's tea.

Posted by: AverageJane | February 22, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Just for clarification: Orrin Hatch co-wrote this legislation, but voted against it. Is that correct?

Posted by: jonjonjonb | February 22, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I know the Senate wants to look like they are addressing the problem, but this approch will not help very much. While it may be a political deflector (like economic sanctions in foreign poilicy), it is another scheme for politicians to look like they are doing something productive, when in fact they are not. I am am a small business owner. I hire when I have a growing business. I don't hire to get a small tax break. Such an approach to hiring would be insane and irresponsible on my part.

Posted by: Prof-Dr-G | February 22, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

What the-GOP SUPPORT?! What's going on here?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | February 22, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Why the Orwellian Newspeak? Why was the previous one a "stimulus" and this is a "jobs bill"? Can the terms applied to two things that are basically the same be different merely to deceive?

This seems like an attempt to fool people into not realizing that something they didn't like before and which failed (the stimulus bill) is now being rehashed in minimalist form?

Tax incentives for hiring have historically been a wash, and aren't likely to make any difference now (regardless of whether they amount to $15bn or $150bn). Carter found this out, and Bush's one-off tax-rebate stimulus was the same thing -- one-off gimmicks don't really do much to help the economy the way broad-based and permanent tax cuts would.

Posted by: bstanman83 | February 22, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Who cares any more . . . this poor sick country is in such bad shape that nothing can keep it from crumbling. The only thing those inept knot heads in the congress are doing is staggering around in the dark trying to keep their places at the public feeding trough.

Posted by: rplat | February 22, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown seems to be an okay type of person. Hard to pin down (read: not one to vote for the sake of sucking up to McConnell). He may be a keeper.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 22, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

The teabaggers must be smarting from this one. They help to get Brown elected and then he votes for a bill which will increase the national debt. Hiarious!

Posted by: zackool | February 22, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: mmax | February 22, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Ben Nelson is looking more and more like a guy who belongs in another realm, the party of NO. He will not help unless he gets a payoff and then votes against his party on the jobs bill. It is beginning to look like Baucus and Grassley are the bookend brothers, one does what the other wants until the time of push coming to shove, then somebody bails out. No surprise there.

The question that begs to be asked, but nobody wants to answer, is the tax breaks for new hires of unemployed workers is coming from what revenue stream? Don't tell me that it is the bond market that the foreign governments are buying into, can you say Chinese? The Republicans gave away tons of tax breaks with no assurance that there would be any kind of payback in the revenue side. Now, Obama is doing the same thing. Change? We can believe in? Looks like the new guy found the old guy's playbook. Crank up the debt ceiling, there is a wave coming.

Posted by: ronjeske | February 22, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown you're a RINO!

Posted by: houston123 | February 22, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Were you hoping for a larger or smaller Jobs Bill? Vote


Posted by: usadblake | February 22, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

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