Democratic leaders are now trying to divide Obama’s $447-billion job package into pieces after the Senate blocked it on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
The package received only 50 of the 60 voted needed to pass, and all 46 Republicans voted against it.
Democrats are going to bring up individual pieces of the bill, such as a tax break on workers and money to prevent teacher layoffs, in hopes that if alone, they’ll be more likely to pass. Other elements that they are seeking to individually pass are new spending on road construction and school modernization, as well as tax credits for companies that expand their payroll and hire unemployed veterans.
The most controversial part of the entire bill is one that would place a 5.6% surtax on income over $1 million.