Republicans block small business lending bill - Business - Small business - msnbc.com "The bill [WOULD'VE created] a $30 billion government fund to help community banks increase lending to small businesses, combining it with about $12 billion in tax breaks aimed at small businesses. Congressional Democrats started the year with ambitious plans to pass a series of bills designed to create jobs. The vote was 58 to 42, with all 41 Republicans voting to continue the filibuster." More obstructionist politics on the part of Republicans in the Senate. The article goes on to say that though the bill appeared to have bipartisan support, Republicans were literally playing a shell game with it, by changing up their proposed amendments as quickly as they could be agreed to, only to later claim that Democrats weren't trying to work with them. Typical smoke and mirrors, Republican style.