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Senate Republicans Kill Rebuild America Act

For the third time in a month, Senate Republicans killed legislation which would have put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work. The 51-49 vote fell well short of the 60 votes needed to break their filibuster against the jobs-creating Rebuild America Act.

The legislation would have created jobs immediately by investing $50 billion to repair and rebuild the nation’s roads, rails and airports, establish a national infrastructure bank to fund a broad range of projects and asked millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share. It also would have created an infrastructure bank to fund future projects.

AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) President Edward Wytkind says:

The legislation is overwhelmingly supported by the general public. And yet, proving once again they are out of touch with voters, Senate Republicans—in the face of a stalled economy—voted as a block to kill this jobs bill.

Americans once again saw their senators curry favor with millionaires and billionaires who are being asked in this legislation to pay a little more so our economy can turn around.

Last week Republicans blocked the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act, which would have created or protected nearly 400,000 education jobs while preventing the layoffs of thousands of police officers and firefighters. On Oct. 10, Senate Republicans blocked President Obama’s American Job s Act.

Meanwhile, the Senate Republican response to the job crisis is a plan that centers on tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations, the rollback of essential federal regulations—including Wall Street reform—and the repeal of health care reform.

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