BBC News - Republicans block Obama jobs billRepublicans in the US Senate have blocked President Barack Obama's jobs bill in a procedural vote.
Forty-six Republican senators joined with two Democrats to filibuster the $447bn (£287bn) bill.
Democratic support for the bill wavered this week, as several Democrats said they would vote for moving the bill forward, but against the bill itself.
Republicans opposed the measure over its spending to stimulate the economy and its tax rise on millionaires.
The president has spent several weeks promoting the jobs bill in a campaign-style tour across the US, where the unemployment rate is jammed at 9.1%.
The plan would have included $175bn in infrastructure spending and aid for local governments to avoid layoffs, as well as Social Security payroll tax cuts for workers and businesses.
Reacting to the vote, Mr Obama said: "Tonight's vote is by no means the end of this fight."