The Washington Post breaks down today's cloture vote in the Senate on the scaled-down jobs bill. "Democrats' renewed focus on bolstering the economy faces a key test Monday, with the Senate expected to hold a procedural vote on what Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) hopes will be the first of several job-creation bills. The chamber will vote on whether to proceed with a $15 billion measure that includes a one-year Social Security tax break for companies hiring new employees who have been out of work for at least 60 days. The package also would reauthorize the Highway Trust Fund, allow companies to write off equipment purchases, and expand Build America Bonds, which help state and local governments fund infrastructure projects."
The New York Daily News calls the jobs cloture vote today "an early and interesting test" for newly minted Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R).
The liberal-leaning group Americans United for Change is attempting to apply "some pressure to Scott Brown with a new TV spot in Massachusetts [today] asking the new Senator if he intends to keep his promise to work for the people back home who need jobs -- or if he'll blindly follow his national party leadership" in an ad called "Promise." It is airing on cable in Boston tomorrow and Tuesday.
"Unions and liberal groups have dismissed Sen. Harry Reid's $15 billion jobs bill as "puny" while calling for larger stimulus measures," The Hill writes. "More than two dozen organizations, including the AFL-CIO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP) and the National Council of La Raza, warned Democratic leaders in Congress to avoid tackling the troubled economy through incremental action."
Roll Call: "Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) leadership will be under a microscope during the crucial five-week work period ahead as demoralized Senate Democrats look to restart their stalled agenda on multiple fronts."
"Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) gave a major boost to scrapping the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy Sunday by backing a bill to let gays serve openly. 'I've been asked by both the White House and the advocacy groups within the gay-rights community to be the lead sponsor, and I'm glad to do it,' Lieberman told Daily News columnist James Kirchick."