A divided Senate has voted to kill a Republican plan that would cut income tax rates, repeal the new health care law and block or overturn dozens of environmental, labor and energy rules.
The 56-40 vote was mostly along party lines.
The plan had faced certain defeat in the Democratic-led Senate. But Republicans wanted to offer their vision for fixing the economy _ the main issue in the 2012 elections.
The GOP plan was offered as an amendment to a bill aimed at helping unemployed veterans find jobs and repealing a law that requires the government to withhold 3 percent of its payments to contractors.