WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans in the Senate have blocked a plan
by Democrats to pump $56 billion in government spending into the
economy through public works projects, help for the jobless and
money for states struggling with their Medicaid bills.
The 52-42 tally fell well short of the 60 votes needed to defeat
a GOP fillibuster. The White House promised a veto anyway, saying
the measure would not work and would cost too much.
The failed measure would have followed up on a bipartisan plan
enacted this winter to try to boost the economy through tax rebate
checks. With the economy still sagging, Democrats have long pressed
for a follow-up plan to extend unemployment benefits, boost food
stamp payments and build infrastructure projects like roads,
bridges, water and sewer projects and school repairs.
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