House shows rare bipartisanship in jobs bill’s contractor vote

Posted Oct. 27, 2011, at 7:27 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal a tax on government contractors, achieving a rare moment of bipartisan agreement to pass a bill proponents argue will create jobs.

The bill to repeal a not-yet-imposed 3 percent withholding tax passed 405-16. The measure was among the least controversial elements of President Barack Obama’s jobs bill, although Obama called for delay of the tax while Republicans backed a full repeal. After very little wrangling, just a few Democrats opposed the measure, and the White House said it supports the bill.

The vote capped a week of Republican efforts to promote the party’s alternatives to the White House jobs proposals, some of which are polling well with the public. At a news conference, House Speaker A. John Boehner, R-Ohio, 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.