The Senate defeated President Barack Obama's job-creation package on Tuesday in a sign that Washington is likely too paralyzed to take major steps to spur hiring before the 2012 electionsThis bill was never intended to pass. Obama loaded it with stuff he knew would be opposed by Republicans because he wants the issue, not the solution. Have his jobs bill die keeps the issue alive and he can keep claiming it would do all sorts of economic magic...if only it hadn't been blocked by those awful Republicans.
As voting continued, opponents had amassed more than the 40 votes they needed to block the legislation in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The vote was not expected to officially close for several hours until one Democratic lawmaker returned to Washington, but that was not expected to affect the outcome.
And if it had passed, the money would have been funneled right back into the Obama 2012 campaign through the various special interest groups like public employee unions that would have gotten most of the funds. This bill would have done nothing to add jobs and improve the economy.