Kirk Sees Promising Points in Jobs Bill
September 12, 2011
By Jim Anderson
CHICAGO – The jobs plan the president presented to the public last week is supposed to arrive in Congress in writing Monday night.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., likes some of the key points, including ending tax loopholes and cutting the top tax rate, and enacting free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
“While he (the president) was calling for passing the bill quickly, we actually haven’t seen the bill or details. We understand the White House will transmit to the Congress tonight,” Kirk said Monday in Chicago before departing for Washington.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, said the plan isn’t dead on arrival in the House.
“I saw a change last week in Washington, a great change from July to September,” he said. “There seems to be a real thaw in the gridlock. Republicans in the House seem to want to work together with the president, with Democrats, to get some things done.”
Unknown yet is whether the plan will be acted on in one big chunk or broken into bits for separate votes. Lipinski said he expects it will be taken apart in the House for separate votes.
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