By PE Politics
on March 5, 2010 6:29 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation that proponents say would pave the way toward thousands of new jobs in the nation’s struggling economy.

As has been the case for much of the current congress, Inland Southern California’s congressional delegation was divided along party lines on the $17.6 package.

The majority of the bill’s cost is related to proposed tax relief for businesses that hire new workers, a measure that would cost $13 billion over the next decade. Also included are extensions of the Highway Trust Fund and the Build America Bonds program, which both create construction and infrastructure jobs, the bill’s supporters say.

The legislation passed by a tally of 217 to 201, with just six Republicans voting for it. Inland Reps. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, Ken Calvert, R-Corona, Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, and Darrell Issa, R-Vista each cast “nay” votes. Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto, the region’s only House Democrat, voted for the bill.

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