Levin: Procedural defeat of Obama’s jobs bill was part of GOP filibuster

Levin also floated several proposals for breaking the Republicans’ filibuster, including using Senate rules to run down the clock. He also recommended Obama use his “bully pulpit to make clear to the American people that it is the obstructionism of filibustering Republicans that prevents us from taking action on a jobs bill.”

Other Democrats, including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), also suggested that the Republicans were using dilatory tactics to avoid consideration of the bill.

Obama’s $447 billion spending package failed in a procedural vote in the Senate, 50-48, on Tuesday night.

The Senate is currently in reccess to accomodate caucus lunches.

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