Senate Passes Jobs Bill
Two days after it overcame its chief procedural hurdle, a scaled-back jobs bill just passed the Senate by a vote of 70-28.
The $15 billion bill must now be reconciled with a $154 billion jobs bill passed by the House in December.
From The Washington Post:
The measure passed 70 to 28, with 13 Republicans joining 57 Democrats in support of the package. One Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, voted against it.
The legislation is the first element of what Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has said will be a multipart “jobs agenda.” The measure includes a new program that would give companies a break from paying Social Security taxes on new employees for the remainder of 2010. It also carries a one-year extension of the Highway Trust Fund, an expansion of the Build America Bonds program and a provision to allow companies to write off equipment purchases.
Update: Talking Points Memo has the list of GOP senators who changed their votes to “yes” after the cloture vote:
The switchers who voted no on cloture but yes today:
Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
James Inhofe (R-OK)
George LeMieux (R-FL)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
And those who were absent Monday but voted yes today:
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Richard Burr (R-NC)