Senate Dems Reach Out To Republicans On Jobs Bill

02.04.10 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  Senate Democrats are reaching out to Republicans to help pass a new jobs bill.  In a Capitol news conference, Democrats unveiled a legislation that includes targeted tax breaks for small businesses.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate could start voting on parts of the measure, late next week.  Reid added, "I would hope that we can continue to move forward, for a change, on a bipartisan basis."  Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said jobs represent the "highest priority of the people of this country and should be the highest priority of the Senate."

With the election of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts, Dems lose their 60-vote supermajority.  Sixty votes are needed to end filibusters and move issues forward in the 100-member Senate.  Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election and takes the Senate seat that the late Ted Kennedy held for nearly five decades.