Reid Gets Jobs Bill Moving

Posted February 11, 2010 at 2:47pm

Although his timeline for debate on the package has slipped, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) put the wheels in motion Thursday on a jobs bill and vowed that Senators would immediately take the measure up after the Presidents Day recess.

“We’re going to lay down our jobs bill today so that we can begin this consideration when we return after the recess,” Reid said on the Senate floor, just minutes after he detailed the contents of the jobs package to reporters at a press conference.

Back-to-back snowstorms that have blanketed Washington, D.C., in the past week have nearly halted all activity on Capitol Hill. The House has not voted all week, and the Senate was closed for business on Wednesday. Democrats returned Thursday for a caucus luncheon, but with no business on the Senate floor to consider, the workload has been light. Members are scheduled to return to their home states by the end of the week. They are set to reconvene on Feb. 22 for the next work period that stretches to Easter.

“We’re going to come back after the Presidents Day recess energized and make up for this snow day, this snow week, [and] do the very best we can,” Reid said.