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House likely to add jobs bill to defense spending legislation

By Ben Pershing
House Democrats are increasingly likely to move a jobs bill next week, firming up the details of a package that would cost roughly $70 billion and include spending for infrastructure projects and benefits for the poor and unemployed.

The jobs package would move as an attachment to the defense appropriations bill, which will also serve as the vehicle for other unpassed legislation. Talks are underway between the House, Senate and White House to attach a federal debt limit increase of at least $1.8 trillion to the measure. The exact combination of add-ons is not yet clear, but the inclusion of a jobs component is becoming more certain, according to lawmakers and aides.

"We're very determined to have a targeted jobs program as part of this bill," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the party leadership. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also said Friday that there would be a jobs measure, but did not provide many specifics.

The package Democrats are crafting would definitely include funding for increased unemployment benefits, COBRA health insurance, food stamps and Medicaid. It will likely also include as much as $50 billion for infrastructure projects, and a separate pool of money to help states and local governments avoid laying off vital personnel like teachers, police and firefighters.

Until recent days, some Democrats at both ends of the Capitol were skeptical that a substantive jobs package could move this year, given that the Senate is likely to spend several more days on health care. But the Senate has now halted the health debate to take up an omnibus spending bill, raising hopes that the chamber may have time later in December to deal with the defense bill and its attachments.

At the very least, House Democrats believe, it's worth passing a jobs measure now, even if Senate can't take it up until January, so that lawmakers could go home for Christmas telling their constituents that they've gotten something done.

Even if a jobs bill does become law this month, that would not preclude Congress from coming back at the issue to pass another jobs package in early 2010. The Obama administration is considering ways to funnel money from the financial bailout program to help small businesses, though the Treasury Department may be able to do that without any additional legislation from Congress.

By Ben Pershing  |  December 11, 2009; 4:23 PM ET
Categories:  Agenda , House , Purse Strings  
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This will sit nicely next to the "Credit Limit" increase of $1.8 TRILLION. When is enough, enough?

Posted by: TexanbygraceofGOD | December 11, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

team obama renews and reinforces its attacks on capitalism

team obama really does NOT comprehend 2 facts:

1. that capitalism does WORK

and socialism FAILS

everytime, all the time

no matter how many dismissive speeches obama gives whinning about class warfare

team obama-- why did china switch from communism to capitalism??

only one word JOBS- stupid, they realized only capitalism can provide enough jobs

so of course, team obama, we expect you to then embrace socialism and persecute small businesses with taxes, regulations, cap and trade, threat of obamacare costs and just general government stupidity

2. that ONLY the private sector can supply real, productive, sustainable jobs

obama and pelosi still think they can write a check or fund some new loan program and buy private sector jobs.

obama and pelosi are delusional.

so why has the enire amercian economy and consumers retreated into their shell like a turtle during depression obama???

team obama does not comprehend that capitalism works solely because it recognizes and reinforces humans responses to incentives.

indeed, obama demonizes incentives as greed, class warfare and repeatedly demands that everyone "share the wealth"

obama has undermined the

moral

financial

and legal

infrastructure for capitalism in the usa and then is amazed that capitalism does not flourish and supply jobs.........

we can and have furnished numerous examplesm and will wearily do so agian in further posts here,

but obama is so stupid that when he holds a "jobs summit" he doesn't bring the OWNERS of the businesses to the table--the chamber of commerce

obama is destroying the short term future of many american workers to "get" greedy capitalist owners--and sadly and ironicaly those "greedy capitalist owners" will survive and thrive--

many of my competitors have gone bankrupt and now i can pick and choose both unemployed personnel and customers, and i have jacked up prices-

while millions of unemplyed americans workers pay for obama's stupidity and hatred of capitalism

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 11, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"would cost roughly $70 billion and include spending for infrastructure projects and benefits for the poor and unemployed."

--> So, that equals about $200 for every citizen of the United States. How about, you take it, slit it up to the 50% or so of us that actually pay taxes, so about $400 each, and mail it to us. We, the American People, create jobs, all the government does is regulate and control it.

But seriously, how does money for "benefits for the poor and unemployed" help create jobs?

Posted by: gjconely | December 11, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

When they have the meeting next week for the financial bailout program to help small businesses,will it include small business people for their imput?

Posted by: hoosier58 | December 11, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Mini-stimulus III sounds mostly like another Democratic pay-off to their own special interest groups. We need more police on the streets, but spending taxpayer's money to help mainly public union employees will allow state and local governments to postpone, endlessly if they can, needed pension reform. Some police and firefighters are able to retire at fifty with six figure pensions.

Obama and Democrats seem to have no clue as to how to substantially create more jobs in the private sector.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | December 11, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Spin it baby!

This jobs bill will cost 130% less

then the anticipated spending orgy

of $200 Billion proposed by Obama.

There you go!

We are going to Save $130 Billion.

Thank You, I feel Much better, Now.

Posted by: simonsays1 | December 11, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Look for the Murtha earmark signature on this one. He got only $1.4M as earmarks in the Omnibus bill and will be looking for a major kill with this one. Keep tuned.

Posted by: AppDev | December 11, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

The jobs bill on the table is the Healthcare Reform act. You need to club the Teabaggers with the fact that if they would support the bill.... millions of good paying jobs in the medical and insurance fields will follow.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 11, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Aaaahhhh hell!

WHAT WITH THIS OOOWWW THEY SPENDING TOO MUCH!

THEY ARE TRYING TO HELP THE 10.2 PERCENT OUT OF WORK THANKS TO YOUR PARTY...

ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU'RE WORRY ABOUT SPENDING WE KNOW IT JUST POLITICS AND RACE INVOLVED

AND WE KNOW MOST COMPLAINING ARE COMING FROM THOSE EX-IRA PEOPLE...GO BACK TO IRELAND IT LOOKS LIKE A GHOST TOWN AND I HEAR THEY DON'T HAVE GOVERMENT INVOLVEMTN BUT PASTOR INVOLVEMENT....JUST DON'T LET THEM SIT TOO CLOSE TOO THE ALTER BOY

CHITIANINITY AIN'T S#IT BUT A BUNCH OF RACIST MIX WHO THINK THIS IS THEIR COUNTRY

YOU IMMIGRANT OVER HERE TOO!

THIS IS NOT YOUR COUNTRY ALONE!

Posted by: danders5000 | December 11, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Lookee Obama wants people to work for his tyrannical regime.

TEA PARTY REVOLT will not fund Obamaland or work in it or for it.


Obamaland Vs THE USA

BEAR REVOLT was started by Veterans ( Czar nick named terrorists) seeking to empower the active troops with a clear documentation of the majority's will of the people via archival quality hardbound petitions (signatured by all men, women, and children who have No Confidence this 2009 Federal Government).

The signed petitions are being entered into County recordations offices as a "recorded document", then pooled, and placed as a" Document" into the Library of Congress by the people of each State.

The well documented majority with " no confidence" can allow the defenders of the US Constitution the ability to carry out the "will of the majority".

It seeks to void all signatures of the current Fed 2009, and hence can retro from 2010 , 2011, etc. to do it.

This Redress call was named when Pelosi went to THE BEAR REPUBLIC of California , threw imported ACORNS at their heads,
then called them astroturf and walked on their backs with her spikey heels out the door absolutely refusing to listen to them saying NO.


PETITION:

The REDRESS of the 2009 Federal Government of the United States of America
For NO CONFIDENCE
By the recall of :
The Congress, (all names listed both Partys)
The Hill , ( all names listed both Partys)
The Cabinet, (all names listed)
The Czars, ( all names listed)
Barack Hussein Obama ( all "currently" known names listed: Barack Hussein Soroeto, Barack Hussein Dunham )

Posted by: dottydo | December 11, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

For $70/billion, you could employ 1.4/million people @ $50,000 for a year. I bet this bill doesn't employ more than a few thousand.

Posted by: AlbyVA | December 11, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Go Obama! We are already 1.8 trillion in debt mostly to China. Let's spend more money on wasted government programs which create few jobs. Job stimulus one was spent on pork disguised as job creation. I want a 3 trillion deficit! Let's break our economy into pieces! Go Obama! Hope! Change! Yes we can!

Posted by: Dodgers1 | December 11, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Once again the Congress expresses their contempt for the military. As this action proves the Congress only likes the military as a tool for political cover for pork barrel spending. It is time that we demand that Congress actually earn their pay, and one way of doing that is to demand that they begin voting on every spending point, with no more bundling of spending by attachement. If a Congressman wants an expenditure in their district, then they must bring it out in the light of day for all to see.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | December 12, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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