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Unemployment aid cloture vote in the Senate.
A five-month extension of emergency jobless aid achieved cloture in the Senate by a wider-than-predicted margin Thursday afternoon. The five Republican senators involved in crafting the deal plus all Democrats would have been enough to break the filibuster on the bill, which provides five additional months of unemployment insurance to people who've been jobless for six months or more. Then Sens. Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Mark Kirk, and Rob Portman were joined by fellow Republicans Kelly Ayotte, Pat Toomey, Bob Corker, Ron Johnson, and Dan Coats. The bill moved forward 65 to 34 and should keep moving:
The Senate voted to end debate on the motion to proceed to H.R. 3979, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, which will be used as the legislative vehicle to extend federal unemployment insurance for five months.

The vote sets up 30 hours of debate before proceeding to the bill, but lawmakers have said they expect a vote on final passage by Friday.

Once it's through the Senate, the bill's fate, and the fate of around two million long-term unemployed people, will be in the House's hands. Speaker John Boehner has repeatedly expressed opposition to this bill, but a relatively strong bipartisan vote in the Senate will put him under added pressure to allow a vote.

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  •  I just don't see it. (6+ / 0-)

    What's the issue here? American people, potential workers most of whom lost their livelihoods through no fault of their own, are in economic distress and struggling for survival. What the Hell is the holdup here?!?

    It would be seeing to the general welfare of this nation to extend & restore those benefits.
    Then, it would be seeing to the general welfare of this nation to get off their asses and fix what's broken in our economy, as quickly as your vote-needing asses can do it!

    "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 11:54:35 AM PDT

    •  In the Gospel of the Profits as Told by (3+ / 0-)
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      Saints Ronald of Reagan and Rafael of the Northern Tundra the problem is the mooching "Cadillac welfare queens" and "culture of laziness" that means the unfair taxation of billionaires would be going to them. Better to starve a few (million) innocent Americans than let one tax dollar help someone who doesn't need it.

      Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:02:32 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, I know about that. (1+ / 0-)
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        I also know that all but the most juiced gov't rep knows the lie Reagan put to Welfare. That they would use that lie for partisan politics rather than improve the lives of millions ought to be enough to damn them.

        What will it take to break our government out of the cesspool it's made for itself?

        "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by Gentle Giant on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:16:16 PM PDT

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  •  Question: Have they added the UI (1+ / 0-)
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    to the House-passed act, or did they make a substitution, in the form of an amendment, in order to get around any blue slip problem in the House?

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 11:57:35 AM PDT

  •  Please, (1+ / 0-)
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    let the House pass this quickly!

  •  So, who in the House is persuadable? (0+ / 0-)

    By which I mean, sitting on the fence or leaning slightly toward not supporting it, but could be persuaded? I want to start gently nudging those legislators who are likely to be persuadable to vote for the side of Truth, Justice, and Keeping Peoiple From Losing Their Homes. And by "gently nudging," I mean hit them upside the metaphorical head with a cluebat.

    I'm guessing all of the Democrats will vote in favor, so I'm looking for the names of Republicans who can be swayed. Like, say, ones in blue districts whose election chances might just hinge on how they vote on issues like this. (I still hope they lose to a Democrat, but don't tell them that.)

    So this West Virginian walks into a bar and says, "Fix me a Green River."

    by Omir the Storyteller on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:34:47 PM PDT

    •  Depends on the pressure generated. (0+ / 0-)

      If this is like Hurricane Sandy aid or VAWA, the House will relent. If it's like immigration or ENDA, it will stay stuck there forever.

      Larger pressure on the GOP would change the equation. I don't think it's there after UI required three tries over three months to pass.

  •  Well, I guess they have to (0+ / 0-)

    spend their time doing something. This is only slight sillier than what the House spent its time doing back in 2009-10, when they passed bill after bill after bill only to see it die--predictably and sadly--in the Senate. Now we get to see its counterpart. Wheee!

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:37:33 PM PDT

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