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Senate Blocks Democratic Bill to Expand Payroll Tax Cut in 2012

The U.S. Senate blocked a Democratic proposal to expand a payroll tax cut for workers in 2012 and pay for it in part by imposing a 1.9 percent surtax on income exceeding $1 million.

With 50 senators voting for the measure and 48 against it, the bill fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation.