Democratic Leaders Eye Aggressive Timeline for Jobs Package

Posted November 17, 2009 at 9:55am

House Democratic leaders plan to tackle soaring unemployment by moving a jobs package this year, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) said Monday night.That timeline is more aggressive than some anticipated and would likely put the House ahead of the Senate, which is still wrestling with a massive health care overhaul. “There are a lot of proposals that exist already. It’s just a matter of packaging,— Larson told reporters before ducking into a House Democratic Caucus meeting on the matter. “Our job will be in the time that we have left to make sure that we focus and package this in a way that continues to create progress and put people back to work.—Larson said “a lot— of House Democrats strongly favor “front-end loading these things and also making sure that long term these are all paid for as well.—With unemployment now above 10 percent and Democratic poll ratings dipping, leaders on both sides of the Capitol have been gathering ideas about how to shape the next recovery package. President Barack Obama has called for an economic summit at the White House on Dec. 3 that could lay the groundwork for a deal on another stimulus plan. And resistance among Members to a significant new package appears to be fading.Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.