Senator Richard Burr (R – NC) was among 40 senators who voted Wednesday to stall a bill intended to put veterans to work.
The legislation would create a job corps meant to employ veterans as firefighters, police officers, or in conservation jobs in parks, among other positions.
It failed Wednesday 58-40 on a procedural vote; it needed 60 votes to remain viable.
The vote went mostly along party lines, with a handful of Republicans joining Democrats in voting for the bill.
The bill, if passed, would come with a price tag of $1 billion over five years.
Opponents have said the bill would add to the deficit; supporters have said that's not the case.
The unemployment rate for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is 10.9 percent, higher than the national unemployment rate of 8.1 percent.
Burr has introduced alternative legislation meant to put veterans to work; his plan does not include the job corps.
Burr released a statement to NewsChannel 12 which said, in part, "I introduced a substitute amendment because I felt the Democrat bill was more focused on their own electoral desires than actual real-world outcomes for veterans, but they refused to allow a vote on my bill."