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Walz expects zero GOP votes for jobs bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Tim Walz said Democrats must be willing to go it alone if they want to pass a new jobs-focused stimulus bill, a “tough vote” the 1st District Democrat said he is ready and willing to take.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Tim Walz said Democrats must be willing to go it alone if they want to pass a new jobs-focused stimulus bill, a “tough vote” the 1st District Democrat said he is ready and willing to take.

Asked Monday if he expected any Republicans to cross the aisle and vote for a new jobs-focused stimulus package — regardless of what was in it — Walz replied: “I don’t expect to have any. If we voted to say today was Monday, I don’t think we’d get many [Republican] votes.”

House Republicans stood united against the first stimulus bill in January, a disciplined opposition that has largely continued to hold the line on major issues like health care reform, when all but one Republican voted against the Democrats’ bill.

Walz said he’s looking for the new bill to be “more focused on transportation,” to the point that it’s “the core of the jobs bill.”

“If I had my way, I would have had more transportation funding the first time,” Walz said.