Illinois' senators want to advance aspects of jobs bill

October 17, 2011

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(AP/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama traveled to North Carolina Monday to promote the American Jobs Act.

Illinois' two U.S. senators want to advance parts of President Barack Obama's rejected jobs bill.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is in favor of some tax provisions in the original bill.

"On the payroll tax deduction plan - I think that's solid, well supported on the house and senate side," Kirk said during an unrelated news conference on Monday.

Meantime U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., also agreed with the payroll tax cut, and added he's in favor of modernizing schools.

"If we work it through, item by item, we may have a better chance," Durbin said. "Incidentally most of the President's proposals were originally Republican ideas - so they're familiar with what we're trying to do."

Durbin estimated that advancing aspects of the jobs bill will begin in a couple of weeks.

Meantime Senate Republicans are coming up with their own jobs bill. It includes reforming tax codes, American offshore oil and gas exploration and a repeal of President Obama's overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system.