Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, said Tuesday that a deal on a bipartisan jobs bill, which he described as "a really nice piece of legislation," is close, and while he hopes "we dont have to work the weekend", he wants to finish a bill this week before a weeklong recess.
Sen Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, did not shut the door on a jobs bill passing this week, but he did note that most Republicans have not yet seen the bill.
Reid said he hopes to have a bill by day's end, again saying the bill is expected to include a 1-year highway bill extension, infrastructure building bonds, a tax break for employers who hire new workers, some kind of extension (likely short term) of a package of tax extenders, as well as a short term extension of the Patriot Act.
Reid said Wednesday is likely to be a day for running out a procedural clock, resulting from a presumed filibuster of the bill, which will help Washington recover from the second snowstorm in a week. Amendments are expected from both sides, although neither Reid nor McConnell indicated what those would entail.