Feb 21, 2010 11:32 AM by Associated Press

McConnell: GOP may support slimmed down jobs bill

The Senate's Republican leader says GOP senators may support a slimmed down jobs bill in a key test vote on Monday.

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says Republicans "may well" vote for the bill. It'll take at least one Republican to advance the legislation to a final vote this coming week.

For businesses that hire unemployed workers, the measure would provide a one-year break from payroll taxes and a $1,000 tax credit if those workers stay on the job for a full year.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid upset Republicans this month when he scrapped a bipartisan measure that had many more proposalsthat weren't directly aimed at boosting job growth.

The Nevada Democrat dumped business tax breaks and other items on wish lists sought by lobbyists.


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