Bipartisan vote clears way for final Senate action on jobs bill

02/23/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Five Republicans joined Democrats on a procedural vote to allow the full Senate to vote on a $15 billion jobs-creation program, backed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Newly elected Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., was among those voting for the measure. About $13 billion would be spent to give employers an exemption from payroll taxes through the end of this year for jobless workers they hire.

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