Senate advances jobs bill

Senate Democrats defeated a Republican filibuster Monday to pass a jobs bill after five Republican broke ranks to vote for the bill.

The bill, which pumps $15 billion into the economy to help spur job growth, was approved on a vote of 62-30, the New York Times said.

There were many parts of the bill that received large bipartisan support, including a measure than exempts businesses from paying Social Security taxes on those they hire and an additional $1000 tax break if an employee is kept working for a full year, the Associated Press said.

The bill is expected to add as many as 250,000 new jobs, the Associated Press said.

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