WASHINGTON — The Senate Thursday voted 95 to 0 to repeal a tax law provision that would require federal, state, and local governments to withhold 3% of certain payments made to private contractors beginning in 2013.

Sen. Olympia Snow, R-Maine, voted "present" without taking a position on the bill, which was an amended version of the one the House passed Oct. 27. Provisions were added to the bill to provide tax credits for companies that hire unemployed veterans.

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