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Obama vows to revive jobs bill killed in the Senate

by Adam Russett on October 12, 2011

The $447 billion jobs plan President Barack Obama proposed to help stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment rates died in the Senate on Tuesday. However, by Tuesday evening, Obama had announced that Congress had not seen the last of the bill – even if that means he has to break the legislation into several pieces to get it passed, according to CNN.

The bill, which is strongly supported by many Democrats, needed 60 votes in the Senate to proceed, but only
won 50. While this marked an end to the bill in its current form, Obama seems determined to at least have some of the crucial parts of the bill pass.

"In the coming days, members of Congress will have to take a stand on whether they believe we should put teachers, construction workers, police officers and firefighters back on the job," reads Obama's statement. "They'll get a vote on whether they believe we should protect tax breaks for small business owners and middle-class Americans, or whether we should protect tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires."

Obama had been urging members of Congress to pass this bill since he first announced it in a televised statement. He is using it to call out the partisan issues that have caused many setbacks that have plagued his administration since he took office.

According to USA today, Obama will begin to push pieces of the bill through Congress in the very near future, and may continue to do so through the upcoming election year.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- KY) told the news source that his party members opposed the bill because they felt it took an approach that has been tried and failed.

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