President Obama’s jobs bill stalls in the Senate, effectively killing the measure in its current form.
An unofficial tally taken by reporters and the press gallery staff showed 50 votes in support of the bill and 48 against. Technically, the vote is being held open so that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, can weigh in.
The cloture vote required at least 60 votes to pass the Democratically-controlled chamber.
The controversial measure, which the president has been touting in speeches and rallies across the nation, was thought to have had little chance of passage in the Senate.