Democrats Seek GOP Help For Last-Ditch Jobs Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats are trying one last time to advance their faltering jobs agenda.

A $26 billion measure to help states and local school boards with their severe budget problems faces a make-or-break vote Wednesday.

The bill would extend programs enacted in last year's stimulus law to preserve the jobs of tens of thousands of teachers and other public employees.

Wednesday's vote to break a GOP filibuster comes after Democratic leaders made final tweaks to the measure to win the votes of moderate Maine Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Snowe and Collins cast the key votes last month to pass a six-month extension of jobless assistance for the long-term unemployed.


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