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Stabenow hopes US Senate will move the President's Jobs Bill forward

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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) speaks duing a news conference at Capital Region International Airport in Lansing, MI

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says she doesn’t know if the president’s jobs bill will clear its first legislative hurdle later today.    That’s when the U.S. Senate is scheduled to take a procedural vote on the $447 billion ‘American Jobs Act’.   

Stabenow, a Democrat, says she’d like to see the legislation move forward.  

“Senator Reid is going to offer a different way to pay for it which I think makes sense…making sure those economically most blessed …millionaires and billionaires….are contributing," says Stabenow. 

 But Republican Senators oppose the added tax on millionaires.  The president and vice president will be in Michigan this week promoting the jobs bill. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.