From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell and Mark Murray
The $15 billion jobs bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid drafted cleared a procedural tonight on a 62-30 vote, with five Republicans voting with the Democratic majority.
One Democrat, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, voted no on the cloture motion.
The five Republicans voting with Democrats: the Senate's newest member, Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown; Maine Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins; Ohio Republican George Voinovich; and Missouri Republican Kit Bond. (Both Voinovich and Bond are retiring.)
But Reid could not hold his entire caucus, as Nelson voted against moving the bill to the next stage of debate and amendments.
New Jersey Democrat Frank Lautenberg was not present to vote due to illness.