Reid Instransigence on Substitute Jobs Bill Leaves Lawmakers Scratching Heads

By: Trish Turner,

Despite calls for bipartisanship — most notably in an unceremonious retirement announcement by Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind. — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will not allow amendments to a jobs bill he substituted last week in place of a popular measure that had won across-the-aisle support.

A spokesman to the leader told Fox News on Wednesday that Reid will allow tax provisions in subsequent legislation passed after his $15 billion Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, which Reid swapped in to replace an $85 billion bill crafted by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

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