Partisan bickering is hampering the creation of a federal jobs bill, as Democrats and Republicans take opposing positions on a range of issues. Among them: Republicans want the bill to include a rewrite of the estate tax, while Democrats want $20 billion for a dwindling highway trust fund. However, "We want to work with Republicans, and it appears to me on the jobs program that they want to work with us," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said at a news conference Thursday.

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