WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have killed a $54 billion funding bill for transportation, housing and community development grants.
GOP lawmakers say it exceeds punishing spending limits required under automatic budget cuts that are the product of Washington's failure to deal with its fiscal problems.
The measure fell six votes short of the 60 required to overcome a GOP filibuster. It represents a setback for Democrats seeking to protect investments in programs like road and bridge repairs and housing vouchers for the poor.
The Senate vote came a day after far more austere legislation was pulled off the House floor amid speculation by top lawmakers that GOP leaders lacked the votes to pass it.
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