Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), after holding his fire for days, ripped the plan. "All he's doing is just proposing a hodgepodge of retread ideas aimed at convincing people a temporary fix is really permanent ... and then daring Republicans to vote against it," McConnell said.
"You gotta look at it as a campaign document," said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), noting that the president gave a speech talking all about bipartisanship and is now making campaign-style speeches across the country.
Grassley predicted that whatever happens would ultimately be done via the super committee.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), a member of the panel, predicted that pieces of the jobs agenda would make it into an overall package. Kerry noted that many on the panel want to go well beyond the $1.5 trillion goal set in the legislation that created the committee: "I don't think anybody expects it to pass en bloc. So I think the issue is going to be, what parts, if any of it, are going to be cherry-picked."
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.