Obama's Jobs Bill Fails in Senate

Measure can't overcome filibuster
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2011 6:58 PM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid., left, accompanied by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speak about the jobs bill last week.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – No Senate miracle for the president's $447 billion jobs bill. As expected, the measure failed to advance in the chamber this evening, reports the Hill. All Republicans and two Democrats (Ben Nelson and Jon Tester) joined together in a filibuster, leaving the measure well short of the necessary 60 votes to advance. (Several other centrist Democrats said they opposed the bill, even though they voted against the filibuster.) What next? The White House and Senate Democrats will split the bill into pieces for separate votes in the future.

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