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Senate Democrats plan votes on veterans hiring payment, repeal of contractor withholding rule
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Senate Democrats have scheduled votes on two bipartisan proposals to boost job growth. Unlike previous attempts to pass President Barack Obama's jobs agenda, next week's votes seem likely to succeed.
One bill would give $4,800 to businesses that hire an unemployed veteran. Companies would get $9,600 for hiring an injured vet.
The other proposal would scrap a requirement to withhold 3 percent of payments to federal, state and some local government contractors with unpaid taxes, a rule that has not yet taken effect.
Unlike three failed efforts to pass Obama's jobs package, or parts of it, next week's proposals won't be paid for with a tax on income exceeding $1 million. That means Republicans are likely to support the plans.