Reid to offer jobs bill

Reid told reporters the bill would be introduced on Tuesday, and that it would include an extension of the tax breaks, known as tax extenders, that expired last year.

“As of last night, there will be Republican support for this bill,” Reid told reporters.

He added that he doesn’t foresee changes to the bill that would cause it to lose Republican support.

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Reid also said the jobs bill would include a renewal of the highway trust fund through December. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who spoke to reporters separately, acknowledged that Republicans don’t want the trust fund included in the bill.

Reid did not say how expensive the jobs bill would be. The Senate had been considering a package of roughly $80 billion.

The House passed a larger jobs bill before Christmas, but now plans to unveil a different bill independent of that package, which did not garner Republican support.