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Senate fails to pass Obama’s jobs bill

by Adam Russett on October 21, 2011

The Senate rejected President Barack Obama's slimmed-down jobs bill on Thursday as Congressional Democrats failed to get the 60 votes needed to break the Republican filibuster. The legislation was part of an effort by Obama to break up his $447 billion jobs proposal into separate acts, a move that apparently has not placated Republicans in the Senate, The Associated Press reports.

The smaller, $35 billion measure was targeted the save the jobs of teachers, first responders and other vital employees. It would have given $30 billion to state and local governments to hire educators and other works while it provided $5 billion to pay for the salaries of police offices and firefighters.

Despite the setback (the GOP unanimously voted against it, with three Democrats joining in), Obama's camp is steadfast in its commitment to moving forward with more attempts to push the bill through. Thursday night, Obama issued a harshly-worded statement condemning the Republicans seeming refusal to pass any bill that could spur job growth.

"For the second time in two weeks, every single Republican in the United States Senate has chosen to obstruct a bill that would create jobs and get our economy going again," Obama's statement said, according to the AP. "Every American deserves an explanation as to why Republicans refuse to step up to the plate and do what's necessary to create jobs and grow the economy right now."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell repeated the GOP talking point that so-called big government spending is not the way out to jump start the economy.

"The fact is we're not going to get this economy going again by growing the government. It's the private sector that's ultimately going to drive this recovery," he said after the vote.

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