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House plans jobs action before Jan. 1

Democrats in the House aim to pass job-creating legislation beforethe end of the year to ease double-digit unemployment levels thatthreaten the economic recovery, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said onTuesday.<p></p>

Democrats in the House aim to pass job-creating legislation before the end of the year to ease double-digit unemployment levels that threaten the economic recovery, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday.

Top lawmakers are looking at a variety of options, including road construction, tax breaks and assistance to hard-pressed state governments, that could create jobs but also worsen budget deficits in the short term, Hoyer said.

“We’re moving ahead at a pace that hopefully will allow us to do something in the next three weeks,’’ the Maryland Democrat said at a news conference.