Job Measure Blocked by Senate

Obama's $447 bln bill would have cut payroll taxes, funded infrastructure.

Opponents of President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan blocked the measure in the Senate, with two Democrats joining Republicans to derail his prime proposal to help turn around the struggling economy.

The tally on the test vote was 50-49, falling short of the 60 needed to advance the measure and shelving it in its current form. Voting was completed in the evening as the roll call remained open to let Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, return to Washington to vote in support of the plan.

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