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Senate Breaks Filibuster on HIRE Act

March 16, 2010 - by Eric Naing

For a second time, the Senate is expected to vote on an $18 billion jobs bill known as the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment, or HIRE, Act (H.R.2847).

The HIRE Act provides businesses that hire unemployed workers for a year with a $1,000 tax credit and exempts employers from the Social Security payroll tax for hiring workers this year. The measure also extends federal funding for state and local highway programs and extends the Build America Bonds program.

The Senate yesterday voted 61-30 to break a filibuster of the bill. Six Republicans voted for cloture: Sen. Kit Bond [R, Mo], Sen. Scott Brown [R,MA], Sen. Richard Burr [R, NC], Sen. Susan Collins [R, ME], Sen. James Inhofe [R, OK] and Sen. Olympia Snowe [R, ME]. One Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] voted against cloture.

A previous version of the HIRE Act passed by the Senate last month was altered by the House to conform with “pay-go” budget rules. A vote on this new version is expected in the Senate tomorrow.


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Chris51 07/10/2010 7:01am

Republicans filibustered UI Ext bill! They’re asking for UI Ext be paid, while at the same time they’re fighting to give their Special Interest groups special tax stimulus. Rep are trying to look like they care about the deficit, but for 10 yrs (Bush Admin) they never spoke of concerns for the huge deficit they were digging us into as they approved large spending for Special Interest. The Rep debate on these UI Ext bills are like “broken record”. They want USA to use the stimulus money that is already committed to the agreed upon projects, programs, etc. Republicans want USA to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, so they can try to prolong the problem past November election. This is how they have operated for YEARS, and we’re in worse shape now because of their IRRESPONSIBLENESS. People should not be in Leadership positions if they cant make decision for the problems at hand.
Dont take my word for it. Please read links Donny Shaw and others have provided with accurate research and reporting.

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