Senate Pushes Jobs Bill Forward

02.23.10 | FL News Team

A jobs bill has cleared a major procedural hurdle in the Senate. On a vote of 62-30, senators voted to proceed to a debate on the 15-billion dollar jobs bill. The measure is a scaled-back version of earlier proposals and is much less than a 154-billion dollar jobs stimulus bill that the House passed in December. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the measure will help get the U.S. economy "back on track." No Republicans spoke out during the final debate before the procedural vote. Several Republicans voted yes, including new Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. The Senate measure includes tax hiring incentives for businesses and money for jobs-creating infrastructure projects.