This afternoon, the U.S. Senate failed to break a filibuster which prevented a $60 billion jobs infrastructure bill from coming up for an up-or-down vote.
According to U.S. Department of Transportation estimates, the "Rebuild America Jobs Act" would have created roughly 800,000 jobs. All 47 Republican Senators voted to block the bill as well as the motion to proceed--preventing even a debate on the bill to take place.
"As our nation's infrastructure falls apart before our eyes, some Senators shamefully chose to side with millionaires rather than putting Americans to work rebuilding our bridges, roads and railways," said SEIU President Mary Kay Henry in a statement issued after the U.S. Senate vote. "These Senators have shown once again that the interests of the top 1 percent are more important than those of their own unemployed constituents."
This is the third jobs bill Congressional Republicans have voted down in the last month.