Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment Extension Moving Forward in Senate After Getting to 60 Votes

Some will vote against it after having voted for it

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A controversial jobless benefits bill narrowly cleared a key Senate hurdle on Tuesday, over the objections of Republicans who complain the $6 billion measure is not paid for and accuse Democrats of playing politics. 

Senators voted 60-37 to advance the bill extending long-term jobless benefits, which expired Dec. 28. Democrats needed 60 votes to move the bill forward. 

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