Democrats are "pretty close" to locking up enough votes for their jobs bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said this weekend.
Reid, who's rounding up votes for a $15 billion job creation package, said there's a good chance the newest Republican member of the Senate, Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.), will vote for the package, too.
"We're pretty close," Reid said of having the votes during an appearance Friday evening on "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" in Nevada.
But Reid signaled that Scott Brown may give the jobs bill some bipartisan support after another member of the Democratic leadership, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said that no GOP senators had committed to backing the jobs bill.
"We're having real good luck with the new senator from Massachusetts," Reid said. "He has a difficult decision to make, along with a number of other senators."
"I think there's more than a 50/50 chance of it," Reid added.
Reid acknowledged that the ailing Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was unlikely to make the vote this week, setting up a close vote on the package, especially if no or very few Republicans go along with it.