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Reid overrules Baucus on jobs bill

In part of his bid to attract bipartisan votes on the jobs bill, Max Baucus larded it up with all sorts of tax cuts that had nothing to do with jobs, and then further added in a promise to consider even larger tax cuts that had nothing to do with jobs. Well, looks like Harry Reid has scotched that deal and the jobs bill is just going to be a jobs bill. Good for Reid. Now, if only it were big enough to make a serious dent in unemployment...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 5:18 PM ET
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Posted by: adamiani | February 11, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

i can't believe i'm typing this but good job by Reid. I'm sure I won't ever have to say it again though.

Posted by: visionbrkr | February 11, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, visionbrkr.

Not the smartest political move by the R's either. Why not push for something that can be spun towards them more easily? It's like they're intentionally playing into the D's talking point that R's are only interested in "tax cuts for the rich."

Posted by: etdean1 | February 11, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

This is a smart rule, arguably a jobs bill is something you want Republicans too filibuster.

Posted by: Msut1 | February 11, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Where was this Harry Reid last summer when Baucus for all practical purposes killed health reform by spending months on a ludicrous attempt to reach an agreement with Grassley and Enzi?

Posted by: redwards95 | February 12, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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