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Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson split ways on jobs vote

Florida's senators split their votes on a proposed $447 billion jobs bill, which failed to get enough votes Tuesday night to move forward in the Senate.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson voted to continue debate on the jobs package, which also included a tax increase on the wealthy; Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, voted against it. The legislation needed 60 votes to come to the floor for debate.  

President Barack Obama on Tuesday acknowledged to his Jobs Council that the package might need to be split into more palatable pieces to pass. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the president will "keep at this all fall," and described the vote on the jobs bill as "the beginning of a fight for jobs and growth, not the end."

"Every senator who votes 'no' will have to explain 'what are you against?'" Carney said.

Earlier in the day, the White House released a list of 25 Florida mayors who sent Congress a letter asking for passage of the jobs bill. South Florida supporters include the mayors of Delray Beach, Hallandale Beach, Miramar, Pembroke Pines and South Miami.

Obama, who was in Orlando Tuesday afternoon for a fundraiser, was greeted at the airport by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, also a backer of the jobs plan.