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Senate Republicans Block Dem Jobs Bill For Teachers, Firefighters


Once the filibuster succeeded, Republicans countered by forcing a test vote on a separate section of Obama's jobs bill -- one that repeals a requirement that the government withhold three percent of major contracts to assure contractor compliance with tax laws. The measure itself has some bipartisan support, but as explained here, Republicans proposed paying for it by cutting $30 billion of unobligated funds for federal programs.

Democrats proposed an alternative version that would have been paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes, but Republicans objected.

Faced with a veto threat from the White House, Democrats voted to block debate on that bill. In total, 43 Democrats supported the filibuster, 10 voted with the GOP.

Obama proposed abolishing the three percent withholding requirement to entice Republicans to support his legislation -- but critics note that it wouldn't boost the economy, but would allow major government contractors to bilk the government for billions of dollars in tax revenues over 10 years.

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