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President Barack Obama visits the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local No. 5 Training Center in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate faced a critical “moment of truth,” President Barack Obama declared Tuesday as lawmakers neared a vote on his $447 billion jobs bill. Despite his exhortations, defeat was likely at the hands of Republican senators opposed to stimulus spending and a tax surcharge on millionaires.

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