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Senate Dem's New Year's Resolution: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

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That's a bit unusual for a major bill. Often the groundwork is laid at the staff level, in advance of hearings, committee votes, and then a wider introduction to party rank and file. It's also a sign that the leadership wants things to go as smoothly as possible, to bring relief to the unemployed quickly, and in time for midterm elections this November.

There will, of course, have to be votes at the committee level, and on the Senate floor, and in the Senate, that often means a frustrating pace. But Democrats have already done quite a bit of heavy lifting on this issue, and the hope is to move quickly in the weeks ahead.

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