House Passes $15B Jobs Bill
Measure offers tax breaks for making new hires
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 4, 2010 4:01 PM CST
In thie Feb. 25, 2010 photo, Chicago area residents wait in line to enter a job fair in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – The House today passed a $15 billion jobs bill that gives tax breaks to companies that make new hires. The scaled-down measure passed 217-201 on a mostly party-line vote and now heads back to the Senate. The bill also includes $20 billion for road and bridge construction.

Democrats characterized the bill as much smaller than they would have liked but as a necessary first step. "If that's the only thing that I can vote on ... I'll vote for it, obviously," said Rep. Bill Pascrell. "We've got to get something moving. We've got to get something done."