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Jobs Stimulus Bill Passes in Senate With 11 Votes From Republicans….

The Senate has passed a second Stimulus bill ( ‘Jobs ‘ Bill ) by the vote of  68 to 29 with Republicans supplying 11 votes……

While a lot of GOPer’s complained about spending…the fact is these senators will be able to go home and tell their voters that they did their part to create jobs…….not just bash Democrats…..

The Senate approved and sent to President Obama on Wednesday what Congressional Democrats hope will be the first in a series of bills spurring employment by providing tax breaks and other hiring incentives to businesses.

The measure, approved on a bipartisan vote of 68 to 29, would give employers an exemption from payroll taxes through the end of 2010 on workers they hire who have been unemployed for at least 60 days. It also extends the federal highway construction program and takes other steps to boost public building projects.

“Congress is focusing on what the American people want us to focus on — which is jobs, jobs, jobs,” Senator Charles E. Schumer, the New York Democrat, said on the Senate floor before the vote.

While 11 Republicans voted for the measure, others in the party were skeptical that the measure would help create new jobs, or said they were distressed at its cost.

“This isn’t so much a jobs bill as it is a debt bill,” said Senator Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican.

Democrats had hoped to get the measure to the White House weeks ago, to demonstrate to the public that they were responding to the bleak national employment picture. But the measure was slowed in the House by concerns among some Democrats that the bill did not do enough, and by procedural obstacles in the Senate.

Even so, there were more than enough supporting votes in the Senate to jump the parliamentary hurdles. Democrats now intend to push ahead with renewing more than $30 billion in corporate tax breaks and providing additional help to small businesses.

Under the bill now heading to President Obama’s desk, businesses that hire workers who have been jobless for at least 60 days will be exempt from paying the 6.2 percent payroll tax on those employees’ earnings until the end of the year. If those workers stay on for a full year, businesses will also get a $1,000 tax credit. (The employee’s pay would still be subject to the usual personal income taxes.) The business tax breaks would add up to about $15 billion in all.

It also provides an extra $20 billion for road and bridge construction and extends the federal highway program through year-end. The Transportation Department furloughed roughly 2,000 workers earlier this month because of a temporary freeze in the program.


March 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

The ‘Scott Brown Effect’ works on the GOP also……..

The Dog reminded people that newly minted Senator Brown comes from a solid ly Democratic state…so it was no surprise when the Dog heard that he was in favor of the second Stimulus Bill coming…the so-called ‘Jobs’ Bill……turns out Sen. Brown put his fellow Republicans ina tough spot…whilke they have been steeling themselves against anything with the Presidents fingerprints on it……Brown informed anyone who would listen that he a practical man…and with him ever mindful og the fact that will have to run for his spot in two years…..Hell yea…he was a ‘Jobs ‘ Bill……..

The GOP woke up to the fact ever GOP Governor took the money from the first Stimulus Bill…and they were actually asking for more money from this one…….

End of story……..The Bill will pass……so much for ideology…..

Here’s the New York Times piece……

Five Republican senators broke ranks with their party on Monday to advance a $15 billion job-creation measure put forward by Democrats, a rare bipartisan breakthrough after months in which Republicans had held together to a remarkable degree in an effort to thwart President Obama’s agenda.


The 62-to-30 vote — two more yeses than the minimum required to get past a procedural roadblock — cleared the way for the Senate to vote Wednesday to approve the measure, which Democrats said would create tens of thousands of new jobs at a time when the unemployment rate is hovering near double digits and is expected to remain high for years to come. But it is not clear whether the House, which has backed a broader approach, will go along without making substantial changes.

With the midterm elections already revving up and the parties facing deep ideological divides over a host of issues, there was no evidence that Monday’s vote was the beginning of a trend. But after being repeatedly stymied by Republicans on a series of initiatives and nominations over the past months, Democrats were elated with the outcome and expressed gratitude to Republicans who sided with them in cutting off a potential filibuster.

“Today, jobs triumphed over politics,” said Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California.

Senator Scott Brown, the newly elected Republican from Massachusetts, was the first member of his party to cast his vote for the measure. He was followed by Senators Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, George V. Voinovich of Ohio and Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, who voted after it became evident that Democrats would prevail. Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the sole Democrat to vote no.

Mr. Brown, breaking with his party’s leadership on one of his first high-profile votes, said he backed the measure grudgingly, since even its sponsors acknowledged its limited scope.

“It is the first step in creating jobs, not only for the people of Massachusetts but for the people of the country,” said Mr. Brown, who said he intended to pursue other proposals, like an across-the-board cut in payroll taxes.

The bill was drafted by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Majority Leader, and is built around an approach that has won bipartisan support in the past: a $13 billion plan to give companies who hire unemployed Americans an exemption from paying payroll taxes on those workers through the end of this year. It also provides a $1,000 tax credit to employers who keep new workers on the payroll for at least for 52 weeks.

Harry Reid is on a roll folks…..first this…then he’s gonna get Healthcare done…..The Dog has said that the Majority Leader, who is 73 years old… still has a lot of fight still left in him……..

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

The 'Scott Brown Effect' works on the GOP also……..

The Dog reminded people that newly minted Senator Brown comes from a solid ly Democratic state…so it was no surprise when the Dog heard that he was in favor of the second Stimulus Bill coming…the so-called ‘Jobs’ Bill……turns out Sen. Brown put his fellow Republicans ina tough spot…whilke they have been steeling themselves against anything with the Presidents fingerprints on it……Brown informed anyone who would listen that he a practical man…and with him ever mindful og the fact that will have to run for his spot in two years…..Hell yea…he was a ‘Jobs ‘ Bill……..

The GOP woke up to the fact ever GOP Governor took the money from the first Stimulus Bill…and they were actually asking for more money from this one…….

End of story……..The Bill will pass……so much for ideology…..

Here’s the New York Times piece……

Five Republican senators broke ranks with their party on Monday to advance a $15 billion job-creation measure put forward by Democrats, a rare bipartisan breakthrough after months in which Republicans had held together to a remarkable degree in an effort to thwart President Obama’s agenda.


The 62-to-30 vote — two more yeses than the minimum required to get past a procedural roadblock — cleared the way for the Senate to vote Wednesday to approve the measure, which Democrats said would create tens of thousands of new jobs at a time when the unemployment rate is hovering near double digits and is expected to remain high for years to come. But it is not clear whether the House, which has backed a broader approach, will go along without making substantial changes.

With the midterm elections already revving up and the parties facing deep ideological divides over a host of issues, there was no evidence that Monday’s vote was the beginning of a trend. But after being repeatedly stymied by Republicans on a series of initiatives and nominations over the past months, Democrats were elated with the outcome and expressed gratitude to Republicans who sided with them in cutting off a potential filibuster.

“Today, jobs triumphed over politics,” said Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California.

Senator Scott Brown, the newly elected Republican from Massachusetts, was the first member of his party to cast his vote for the measure. He was followed by Senators Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, George V. Voinovich of Ohio and Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, who voted after it became evident that Democrats would prevail. Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the sole Democrat to vote no.

Mr. Brown, breaking with his party’s leadership on one of his first high-profile votes, said he backed the measure grudgingly, since even its sponsors acknowledged its limited scope.

“It is the first step in creating jobs, not only for the people of Massachusetts but for the people of the country,” said Mr. Brown, who said he intended to pursue other proposals, like an across-the-board cut in payroll taxes.

The bill was drafted by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Majority Leader, and is built around an approach that has won bipartisan support in the past: a $13 billion plan to give companies who hire unemployed Americans an exemption from paying payroll taxes on those workers through the end of this year. It also provides a $1,000 tax credit to employers who keep new workers on the payroll for at least for 52 weeks.

Harry Reid is on a roll folks…..first this…then he’s gonna get Healthcare done…..The Dog has said that the Majority Leader, who is 73 years old… still has a lot of fight still left in him……..

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Republican's will probably support Stimulus #2…the Jobs Bill….

…….The Dog can remember a few months ago …the Republican’s saying that the original  Stimulus Bill wasn’t working, and they’d never vote for another one…..

Well sometimes things don’t work out the way you think they will……Sen. Mitch McConnell finds himself and his party members in a hard place…..They can complain about government spending all they want….they can complain about the first Stimulus Bill all they want ….But a few things are reality here….

First…..The original Stimulus Bill action worked…..The GOP knows it…..as much as they want to make noise…..the fact is ALL of the Republican Governors took the money in the end….case closed….end of discussion…

Second…..The second Bill is about Jobs…..something American’s need….The GOP can ill afford to be running for offices in the fall with democrats hammering them about voting against putting American’s to work…..

Third……McConnell actually wants a more costly bill …..which the GOP put together……

Fourth……The White House and the Democrats are still the majority parties….They are still in the driver’s seat….

Here’s the piece …….

The top Republican in the Senate said Sunday that GOP lawmakers ”may well” vote for a jobs bill, though it’s not clear whether they will allow a Democratic measure to advance right away.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., prefers a costlier version drafted with GOP input and he didn’t commit his support to advance the legislation on Monday to a final vote this coming week.

The pending measure would provide businesses that hire the unemployed a one-year break from payroll taxes and a $1,000 tax credit if those workers stay on the job for a full year. The tax breaks would cost about $13 billion.

The measure would extend a tax break for small businesses buying new equipment, provide an additional $20 billion infusion of highway and transit money, and help states and local governments finance big public works projects.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., upset Republicans this month when he scrapped a bipartisan measure that had many more proposals that weren’t directly aimed at boosting job growth.

Reid dumped business tax breaks and other items on wish lists sought by lobbyists. But he also took out provisions to extend unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless and health insurance subsidies for the unemployed that expire on Feb. 28.

A key test vote looms Monday. It would take at least one Republican to advance Reid’s pared back bill to a final vote on Wednesday. McConnell told reporters after his appearance that he hopes the measure could advance in a couple of weeks. But to do so means Republicans would have tofilibuster Reid’s take-it-or-leave-it approach, which could allow them to seek to restore provisions that have been dropped.

But a Reid spokesman, Rodell Mollineau, said Sunday that Reid won’t bring back the full version negotiated between Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, which Reid criticized on a Nevada news program last week.

”The fat cats did pretty well,” Reid said last week on ”Face to Face with Jon Ralston,” a Las Vegas news program.

On that program, Reid said he was hopeful of winning the support of newly elected Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown, saying he was having ”real good luck” with Brown.

The larger measure included about $33 billion in popular tax breaks, including an income tax deduction for sales and property taxes and a business tax credit for research and development, would be extended through 2010.

The tax breaks, more than 40 in all, expired at the end of 2009. They are routinely extended each year — the House voted to extend them in December — but the Senate never addressed them because senators were consumed by the health care debate.

McConnell appeared on ”Fox News Sunday.”

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | 4 Comments

The Republican’s will probably support Stimulus #2…the Jobs Bill….

…….The Dog can remember a few months ago …the Republican’s saying that the original  Stimulus Bill wasn’t working, and they’d never vote for another one…..

Well sometimes things don’t work out the way you think they will……Sen. Mitch McConnell finds himself and his party members in a hard place…..They can complain about government spending all they want….they can complain about the first Stimulus Bill all they want ….But a few things are reality here….

First…..The original Stimulus Bill action worked…..The GOP knows it…..as much as they want to make noise…..the fact is ALL of the Republican Governors took the money in the end….case closed….end of discussion…

Second…..The second Bill is about Jobs…..something American’s need….The GOP can ill afford to be running for offices in the fall with democrats hammering them about voting against putting American’s to work…..

Third……McConnell actually wants a more costly bill …..which the GOP put together……

Fourth……The White House and the Democrats are still the majority parties….They are still in the driver’s seat….

Here’s the piece …….

The top Republican in the Senate said Sunday that GOP lawmakers ”may well” vote for a jobs bill, though it’s not clear whether they will allow a Democratic measure to advance right away.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., prefers a costlier version drafted with GOP input and he didn’t commit his support to advance the legislation on Monday to a final vote this coming week.

The pending measure would provide businesses that hire the unemployed a one-year break from payroll taxes and a $1,000 tax credit if those workers stay on the job for a full year. The tax breaks would cost about $13 billion.

The measure would extend a tax break for small businesses buying new equipment, provide an additional $20 billion infusion of highway and transit money, and help states and local governments finance big public works projects.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., upset Republicans this month when he scrapped a bipartisan measure that had many more proposals that weren’t directly aimed at boosting job growth.

Reid dumped business tax breaks and other items on wish lists sought by lobbyists. But he also took out provisions to extend unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless and health insurance subsidies for the unemployed that expire on Feb. 28.

A key test vote looms Monday. It would take at least one Republican to advance Reid’s pared back bill to a final vote on Wednesday. McConnell told reporters after his appearance that he hopes the measure could advance in a couple of weeks. But to do so means Republicans would have tofilibuster Reid’s take-it-or-leave-it approach, which could allow them to seek to restore provisions that have been dropped.

But a Reid spokesman, Rodell Mollineau, said Sunday that Reid won’t bring back the full version negotiated between Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, which Reid criticized on a Nevada news program last week.

”The fat cats did pretty well,” Reid said last week on ”Face to Face with Jon Ralston,” a Las Vegas news program.

On that program, Reid said he was hopeful of winning the support of newly elected Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown, saying he was having ”real good luck” with Brown.

The larger measure included about $33 billion in popular tax breaks, including an income tax deduction for sales and property taxes and a business tax credit for research and development, would be extended through 2010.

The tax breaks, more than 40 in all, expired at the end of 2009. They are routinely extended each year — the House voted to extend them in December — but the Senate never addressed them because senators were consumed by the health care debate.

McConnell appeared on ”Fox News Sunday.”

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | 4 Comments

Senator's Collins and Snowe are happy with the year old Stimulus Bill…..

Proving that all politics is local…..the Moderate Republican Senators are bucking the GOP party line and heaping praise on the Bill which they signed on to…..

[Senator’s Snowe and Collins of Maine]

This from USAToday…..

While many congressional Republicans were lining up yesterday to call the year-old economic stimulus a failure, two GOP lawmakers who supported the $862 billion package were signing its praises — not in Washington, but in their home state of Maine.

Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both Maine Republicans, issued a joint statement touting the Transportation Department’s decision to award $14 million in stimulus funds to the state’s ports, according to the Bangor Daily News. “Given that our great nation is recovering from the deepest recession since World War II, this funding is a step forward that will assist in the expansion and rehabilitation of these vital ports,” the statement said, according to the newspaper.

The story — headlined Stimulus dollars headed to Eastport, Searsport — can be found here.

The pair of Maine moderates are the only Republicans in the Senate who supported the stimulus package. (Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania was a Republican when he voted for the stimulus last year but has since switched to the Democratic party.)

Unlike many of their GOP colleagues, Snowe and Collins didn’t make any comments yesterday about how they think the stimulus package is working overall. Spokesmen for Snowe and Collins didn’t return phone messages seeking comment yesterday.

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Senator’s Collins and Snowe are happy with the year old Stimulus Bill…..

Proving that all politics is local…..the Moderate Republican Senators are bucking the GOP party line and heaping praise on the Bill which they signed on to…..

[Senator’s Snowe and Collins of Maine]

This from USAToday…..

While many congressional Republicans were lining up yesterday to call the year-old economic stimulus a failure, two GOP lawmakers who supported the $862 billion package were signing its praises — not in Washington, but in their home state of Maine.

Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both Maine Republicans, issued a joint statement touting the Transportation Department’s decision to award $14 million in stimulus funds to the state’s ports, according to the Bangor Daily News. “Given that our great nation is recovering from the deepest recession since World War II, this funding is a step forward that will assist in the expansion and rehabilitation of these vital ports,” the statement said, according to the newspaper.

The story — headlined Stimulus dollars headed to Eastport, Searsport — can be found here.

The pair of Maine moderates are the only Republicans in the Senate who supported the stimulus package. (Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania was a Republican when he voted for the stimulus last year but has since switched to the Democratic party.)

Unlike many of their GOP colleagues, Snowe and Collins didn’t make any comments yesterday about how they think the stimulus package is working overall. Spokesmen for Snowe and Collins didn’t return phone messages seeking comment yesterday.

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment