Senate Jobs Bill Beats Back Filibuster; Five Republicans Vote Yes

The Senate has defeated a Republican-led filibuster to a Democratic "jobs" bill.

With five Republicans voting yes, the final tally was 62-30 — two more than the 60 needed to end a threatened filibuster.

The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, would exempt businesses from paying Social Security payroll taxes on newly hired employees through December and give them a $1,000 credit if said employees stay on the job for a year.

Some 8.4 million jobs have been lost in the current recession. There have been estimates of perhaps 300,000 new jobs being created with the Reid bill.

Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the only Democrat to vote no.

The five GOPers: Kit Bond (MO), Scott Brown (MA), Susan Collins (ME), Olympia Snowe (ME) and George Voinovich (OH).

Final passage is expected Wednesday.



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