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Hatch pushes job creation bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced a bill Wednesday that is designed to create new jobs by giving a "tax holiday" to employers who make new hires.

The bill would allow any private-sector employer that hires a worker who has been unemployed for at least 60 days to not have to pay the employer's share (6.2 percent) of the Social Security payroll tax on that employee for the remainder of 2010.

"This is an affordable, effective and targeted proposal to get the American people back to work," Hatch said.

"As a conservative, I appreciate that this proposal isn't about more and more government spending; it's about tax relief to get employers hiring again, which is exactly what millions of unemployed Americans desperately need."

Hatch and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., are pushing the legislation together.

— Lee Davidson