The House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal a tax on government contractors, easily advancing a small slice of President Obama's jobs bill in a move hailed as rare bipartisan cooperation.
The bill repealing a not-yet-imposed 3% withholding tax passed overwhelmingly on a 405-16 vote. Obama proposed a further delay of the tax in his jobs bill, while Republicans pushed to repeal it all together. Just a handful of Democrats opposed the measure and the White House has said it supports the bill.
The vote capped a week of GOP efforts to promote the party’s alternatives to the popular White House proposals. At a news conference Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner said he hoped the bipartisanship would extend to a longer list of bills that have passed the House but not been taken up by Democratic leaders in the Senate.
“Many of these bills passed the House with bipartisan support, 15 common-sense bills that'll help get our economy moving again,” Boehner said.
Leaders branded the bills “The Forgotten Fifteen” in an effort to build pressure on the Senate and convince voters that the party has an alternate vision for creating jobs.