Senate Votes to Reject Jobs Bill

The jobs bill has been officially defeated by a vote of 50-49, rejecting President Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill.

Majority Leader Reid, D-Nev., changed his vote from yes to no in order to preserve the motion to proceed. A Senator has to be with the winning side in order to have the ability to bring the measure up again at any time without filing cloture.

The bill needed 60 votes to proceed, which will not be reached.  Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., did not vote as he recovers from prostate cancer surgery this week.

The final vote was held open hours later than anticipated so that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., could cast her vote for the bill, after returning from an awards dinner in Boston, around 9 p.m.

While Democrats can now claim that they had the majority of senators supporting moving forward with this vote — many of those 51 senators have indicated that they would change their vote, and would not vote for final passage of this bill. At least three senators who voted with the Democrats indicated that unless changes were made to the bill they would vote against final passage, including Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., Joe Manchin, D-WVa., and Jim Webb, D-Va.

Every Republican voting today voted against the bill. Voting with the Republicans were Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jon Tester of Montana.

Starting tomorrow Senators will be looking for a new way forward. They’ll be working this week to identify the parts of the bill that can pass, and then try to advance those parts