Senate Dems Scramble to Rewrite Jobs Bill

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., derailed Republican attempts to vote on President Obama's jobs plan Tuesday.

Reid's objection and his efforts to get the Senate to debate the measure came after the president's repeated calls over the past month to pass it.

"And if you won't do that, at least put this jobs bill up for a vote so that the entire country knows exactly where every member of Congress stands," Obama during a speech at a community college in Mesquite, Texas.

The president has traveled across the country blaming Republicans for holding up the bill, specifically singling out House Republican Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

But it's Senate Democrats who are now quietly scrambling to rewrite the legislation because they don't like how the president plans to pay for the $447 billion plan.

The measure includes tax hikes on family incomes more than $250,000 and on the oil and gas industry. Democrats have acknowledged the bill does not have enough support to pass.

"There's the good, the bad, and the ugly. The ugly was $447 billion," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., said of the bill's price tag.

Obama's efforts to negotiate the bill on Capitol Hill have been limited.

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