WASHINGTON — As expected, the Senate voted down Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Rebuild America Jobs Act on Thursday afternoon. The vote was 51-49, nine votes shy of the 60 needed to move the bill forward.
The bill would invest $60 billion into federal infrastructure projects and a public-private infrastructure bank. It would be paid for with a 0.7 percent surtax on individuals’ incomes over $1 million. The bill is a component of President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act.
The bill’s defeat is the second the Senate has handed the AJA — a component meant to support teachers and other public service jobs failed in October.
Immediately after Republicans blocked the bill’s passage, Democrats did the same to a Republican bill, defeating legislation that would authorize federal transportation projects and repeal some Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
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