And so it goes.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that he left a meeting at the White House with President Obama and congressional leaders earlier in the day “hopeful” that Republican leaders are willing to work on a bipartisan jobs bill.


Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona predicted the chamber will eventually pass the measure, though he said “there is no way it can be acted on this week” because the plan is “not quite yet worked out.”

Kyl also said Democrats shouldn’t advertise the package as jobs legislation because it’s just “extending a bunch of tax policy and related items that we need to do.”