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Shaheen asks Senate to hold open vote on jobs bill

MANCHESTER - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen asked the U.S. Senate leadership to hold open the vote Tuesday night on President Obama's jobs bill.

The $447 billion jobs plan is not likely to receive the 60 votes it needs for passage, but Shaheen spokesman Jonathan Lipman said Tuesday afternoon, Shaheen is a supporter of the measure and wants a chance to vote for it.

Shaheen was in Boston on Tuesday accepting the New Englander of the Year Award from the New England Council.

The award honors New England residents for their leadership and impact on the region's economy and quality of life.

He said Shaheen has a late flight booked to be back in Washington Tuesday evening and asked the leadership to hold the vote open.

Earlier she told the Democratic leadership she would be in Washington if her vote is needed for passage, Lipman said.

However, the bill may not receive 50 votes according to published reports due to several Democratic senators opposition to the bill in its current form.

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