At a press conference Wednesday, Senate Democratic leaders, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (far right), argued that any deal to raise the debt limit and reduce the deficit should include provisions intended to stimulate job growth.
Must-pass bills also tend to attract miscellaneous policy riders, and with so few bills making it to the president's desk, a debt limit package makes an attractive target.
Democrats, meanwhile, plan to continue the drumbeat for jobs bills this fall.
Reid said he is instructing his committee chairmen to present bipartisan jobs proposals to him by Aug. 1.
Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
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