Dems Switch Focus to Jobs

House aims to have job creation package ready by Xmas
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2009 7:35 AM CST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addresses an audience at the John F. Kennedy School of Government on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.    (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – House Democrats hit by accusations they've been focusing on health care at the expense of employment plan to tackle job creation in the coming weeks. There's no consensus on whether the move will come as one big package or a series of smaller measures but Democratic leaders plan to have legislation in place by Christmas, congressional aides tell The Hill.

The House is following in the footsteps of Harry Reid, who announced last week that he plans to introduce a Senate measure to create jobs. The House is expected to focus on a bill to massively expand highway construction, which has met opposition from both the Senate and the White House, and may also offer more small-business tax breaks aimed at generating jobs. Whatever form the job creation measures take, liberal and moderate Democrats agree that it won't be labeled a "stimulus."