By  on February 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — Apparel and retail groups said the $15 billion jobs bill passed by the Senate Wednesday is a step in the right direction, but criticized the legislation for failing to meet the immediate needs of their member companies to create new jobs.

The bill would give a package of tax breaks to businesses that hire new workers and invest in new equipment. Democrats were able to break through the partisan morass on Capitol Hill and secure votes from Republicans to pass bipartisan legislation they hope will create tens of thousands of jobs and help revive the weakened economy. The vote was 70 to 28.

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