WASHINGTON (AP) — A united Senate emphatically approved legislation Thursday intended to help unemployed veterans and companies doing business with the government, endorsing a measure that includes the first small slice of President Barack Obama's jobs plan that is likely to become law.

The 95-0 vote will let senators head home for Friday's Veterans Day events and take credit for helping some of the 240,000 jobless veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The bill would give tax credits of up to $9,600 to companies hiring disabled vets who have been jobless at least six months, and improve job training and counseling for veterans. Obama included the tax breaks in his $447 billion jobs plan, which has otherwise gone nowhere so far in Congress.

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