In paring down the jobs bill, Senate majority leader Harry Reid has an eye on voter concerns about federal spending. He's also betting that Republicans won't reject a bill with 'jobs' in the title.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid says he's focused on a leaner bill that will 'create jobs immediately.' He's also aware that voters are angry with the way government is working, particularly in terms of federal budget deficits.
The Baucus-Grassley bill focuses on those who have been out of work for at least 60 days. But some experts say it would have only modest impact on the unemployment rate.
The US Senate began voting Tuesday on amendments and counter-amendments to the healthcare reform bill, as senators battle to shape the final product.
But Attorney General Eric Holder also told senators Wednesday that accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed could be detained indefinitely if acquitted in a New York terror trial.
The Senate Finance Committee passed its healthcare bill Tuesday along party lines – with the exception of Olympia Snowe's vote. But her comments suggest that the bill will be difficult to pass on the Senate floor.
The CBO says the Senate Finance bill will create a $81 billion surplus over 10 years. But critics say its fees, taxes, and mandates will hit Americans’ pocketbooks hard.
Senate Republicans are trying to count the cost of the healthcare bill’s fees and mandates on taxpayers, businesses, and states.
Republicans say it's too costly. Liberal Democrats complain that it doesn't do enough for the uninsured. But unlike House plans, it wouldn't add to the deficit.
As Obama calls on Congress to pass reform, the Democrats are still split on the need for a public health insurance option.