A bipartisan group of senators forged agreement on a jobs bill that drew the White House’s blessing Thursday – but hours later Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scuttled the deal and replaced it with his own Democrat-written measure.
Scrambling to show Democrats are taking action to lower the 9.7 percent unemployment rate, Mr. Reid said the bipartisan proposal strayed too far from job creation and into special-interest giveaways.
“The message is so watered down, with people wanting other things in this big package that we’re going to have to come back and finish [the jobs agenda later],” Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, told reporters. He said there is no reason for Republicans to oppose the smaller bill.
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