11/3/2011 4:15:00 PM
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GOP Nixes Jobs Bill; Democrats Stop Competing Plan
Senate Republicans killed legislation backed by President Obama to spend $60 billion on building and repairing roads and other infrastructure.
The vote passed 51-49, short of the 60 votes required under Senate rules to debate the measure.
Opposed by 47 Republicans and one Democrat and Independent, the bill would have provided an immediate $50 billion investment in roads, bridges, rail lines, airports and transit systems.
It also called for a $10 billion â€œinfrastructure bankâ€� to use private and public capital for longer-term projects and would have been financed by a 0.7% surcharge on incomes over $1 million.
Separately, Democrats killed a measure offered by Republicans to extend federal highway funding for two years, by a 53-47 vote.
Federal highway spending authority is scheduled to expire in February.
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