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Some Dems oppose jobs credit; Senate nears deal Ex-Ind. Sen. Coats to take on Dem Bayh

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President Barack Obama's plan to offer tax credits to businesses that add workers is running into opposition from some rank-and-file Democrats in the House. "I don't know anybody in business who hires an employee because they will get a tax break," Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., said Wednesday. "They hire employees because they have work to do." Obama proposed the tax credit as part of his plan to refocus his administration's efforts to ease unemployment in the run-up to congressional elections in November. Senate Democrats were close to reaching a bipartisan deal Wednesday on their own version of the tax break, but House Democrats have been slower to embrace the idea. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., chairman of the tax writing House Ways and Means Committee, offered this assessment: "It's controversial, it's on the table." Obama wants to give companies a $5,000 tax credit for each net new worker they hire in 2010. Also, businesses that increase wages or hours for existing workers in 2010 would be reimbursed for the extra Social Security payroll taxes they would pay. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, were working on a bipartisan jobs package Wednesday that includes a similar plan to exempt companies from paying the employer's share of Social Security payroll taxes for new workers hired this year, as long as those people had been unemployed at least 60 days

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