POLITICS
04/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jobs Bill Could Be Scott Brown's First Vote

The Senate will vote on a jobs package on Monday, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Thursday morning.

The vote could be incoming Sen. Scott Brown's first chance to weigh in as the newly sworn-in GOP senator from Massachusetts. Reid said he hopes to unveil a bipartisan jobs package later on Thursday -- but if he can't get Republican support, plans to push ahead regardless.

Reid said that the bill would be "funded without any heartburn." He declined to give further details or specify a size, saying "we're not going to, in effect, step on our message." The proposal is expected to be far smaller than the $154 billion ante from the House side.

Reid hopes the bill can be finalized in the Senate by the end of next week and joined with the House version by the week after that.

How many jobs does he hope to create?

"As many as we can," said Reid.