February 3, 2010
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), reflecting the reality imposed by the loss of a fillibuster-proof majority, has articulated that he intends to move several small jobs measures through the chamber — as opposed to one large bill — in order to attract some Republican support for non-controversial items. Senator Reid indicated a desire to first move legislation designed to create a tax credit for new jobs, other tax provisions in aid of small businesses, as well as extending federal highway and transportation programs in order to create more infrastructure projects. Senator Reid made no mention of the increased funding for Federal Work Study or an education jobs fund for governors to allocate within their states or an extension of the inrease in Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) that aids state budgets -as proposed in the House passed Jobs for Main Street bill. According to the Majority Leader, the House jobs bill will like be broken up into a pieces comprising a broad agenda in the Senate.