Washington (CNN) -- Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the No.1 item on the president's congressional "to-do-list," refusing to allow a vote on a bill that would give tax breaks for companies that "insource" jobs to the U.S. from overseas while eliminating tax deductions for companies that move jobs abroad.
In voting against the bill, Republicans raised both substantive and procedural problems with the measure.
The bill fell four votes short of the 60 needed to bring it to debate, with 42 voting against it. Four GOP senators -- Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Dean Heller of Nevada -- voted in favor of the bill.
GOP blocks COLA on benefits for disabled veterans and survivors
Despite what has traditionally been overwhelming support both in the past and unanimous support earlier this year in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Chairperson of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs announced on Thursday that at least one Republican Senator was holding up a bill which would provide a cost of living adjustment (COLA) on benefits for disabled veterans and the spouses and children of deceased veterans.
The 1.9 % increase in compensation for 2013 in the Veterans’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act matches the planned 2013 Social Security benefit COLA and is merely “designed to offset inflation and other factors that lead to the rising cost of living,” according to a statement released by Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington on the official website of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.