Jobless Bill Clears Key Senate Vote in Squeaker
Republicans cross aisle for unexpected success
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 7, 2014 10:51 AM CST
Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer are seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – A bill to revive extended unemployment benefits squeaked through its first procedural vote 60-37, a narrow win that outlets including Politico are characterizing as a surprise. Six moderate Republican senators voted with Democrats to renew the recently expired benefits: Kelly Ayotte, Susan Collins, Dan Coats, Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski, and Rob Portman. But even those senators want the extension to be paid for by spending cuts before the final vote later this week, the New York Times reports.

"I voted to proceed with the debate," Portman said, while Collins revealed that she'd had a talk yesterday morning with President Obama about paying for the bills. Harry Reid almost held the vote last night, before John Cornyn accused him of playing political games by holding the vote with 17 senators missing, in part because of weather delays. Reid grudgingly agreed to hold off. But Democrats make no bones about the political aspects of their effort. "These will be bookend issues for 2014," the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said.

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DieselDaWg
Jan 8, 2014 12:37 AM CST
If someone was truly interested in low unemployment and how it is achieved, Obama and his minions and drones could look to areas of the country were there is full employment despite his policies. Full employment is considered 5% unemployed. Here are a few places that qualify: Williston, ND .07% (that correct....less than 1% unemployed) Bismark, ND 2.8 Fargo, ND 3.5 Sioux city, SD 3.9 Rapid City, SD 4.2 Grand Forks, SD 4.3 Midland, TX 4.3 Billings, MT 4.4 Odessa, TX 4.9 Oklahoma City, OK 5.0 Look to these areas of the country and see if you can figure it out.
KeyserSoze
Jan 7, 2014 11:54 PM CST
RepubliCONS say: 1-pay for the Iraq war?.....put it on the credit card 2-pay for the Afghan war?....put it on the credit card 3-pay for the drug plan?.....put it on the credit card 4-pay for the govt shutdown?.....they dont say nuthin' 'bout that (24BILLION would pay for EUB for A YEAR!!) 5-EUB for AMERICANS in distress??? Oh, we gotta pay for THAT first.
NorCalHal
Jan 7, 2014 10:59 PM CST
"Jobless bill passes Senate"...Too bad they can't past a JOBS bill !!!!!!