Senate refuses — again — to take up scaled down version of Obama's jobs bill
Senate Democrats tried to bring forward a "bite-sized" portion of the Obama jobs bill — funding for teachers and law enforcement — but failed to get it past Republicans.
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Democrats were once again unable to overcome a Republican filibuster of President Obama's jobs bill on Thursday.
This is the second time they've failed, even after reducing the bill so it only provides funding to keep police officers, fire fighters and teachers on the job. It was to be paid for with a .5 percent tax on earnings over $1 million, starting in 2013.
Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, said this will allow Obama to campaign by saying that all Republicans voted against teachers and police officers and in favor of millionaires and billionaires.
"What's going on here is politics. Republicans call it mini-stimulus," Zwillich said.
The next piece of the jobs bill expected to be voted on will be tax credits for hiring veterans, also slated to be paid for with a tax on millionaires and billionaires.
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