Senate Defeats Obama Job-Creation Bill in Procedural Vote

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The Senate defeated President Barack Obama's job-creation package on Tuesday in a sign that Washington is likely too paralyzed to take major steps to spur hiring before the 2012 elections.

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As voting continued, opponents had amassed more than the 40 votes they needed to block the legislation in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The vote was not expected to officially close for several hours until one Democratic lawmaker returned to Washington, but that was not expected to affect the outcome.

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