Senate Republicans blocked a move by Democrats on Wednesday (1/06/08) to add more than $40 billion in checks for the elderly, disabled veterans and the unemployed to a bill to stimulate the economy. The 58-41 vote fell just short of the 60 required to break a GOP filibuster and bring the Senate version of the stimulus bill closer to a final vote. The Senate measure was backed by Democrats and a handful of Republicans but was strongly opposed by GOP leaders and President Bush, who objected to the costly add-ons. The vote left the $205 billion Senate stimulus bill in limbo and capped days of partisan infighting and procedural jockeying over the measure. One news article reporting on the vote says “The dispute has slowed down the stimulus measure, but there’s no indication that it will delay rebate checks, which are expected to begin arriving in May.” Yeah, right.