Senate Advances Unemployment Benefits Bill

60-37 vote


WASHINGTON — A Democratic push to extend unemployment benefits that have expired moved forward on Tuesday morning, barely avoiding a Republican filibuster.

The Senate's 60-37 vote to simply take up a three-month extension of benefits passed with no room to spare, which will set off a negotiation to try to pass the bill later this week.. Even some of the Republicans who voted yes want the cost of the extension set off by cuts elsewhere in the budget.