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Republicans filibuster Obama infrastructure bill

Zachary Roth
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

A major piece of President Obama's jobs plan has been defeated in the Senate, thanks to a GOP filibuster.

Fifty-one senators voted for a measure to promote job growth by providing $60 billion to fund transportation projects and create a new infrastructure bank. The bill would be paid for by raising taxes on those making over $1 million.

But because Republicans mounted a filibuster, 60 votes were needed to begin debate. Two Democratic senators joined all 47 Republicans in opposing the bill.

Republicans previously filibustered an initial effort to pass President Obama's entire jobs package, and a separate bid to provide money to states to hire teachers and emergency first responders.

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