The United States Senate passed an extension for unemployment insurance benefits today, 59-38. The vote was a bipartisan one, and it comes after Senate Democrats and six Republicans overcame three Republican filibusters last week. The extension is for 5 months, and is retroactive.
According to Roll Call:
[box type=”shadow”]”The measure passed 59 to 38 with all Democrats in attendance voting for the bill. The five Republicans who helped negotiate the measure — Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rob Portman of Ohio — joined the Democrats voting in favor of the bill along with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.
Three members did not vote — Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.”[/box]
Harry Reid tied it to his war on the Koch brothers, saying that:
[box type=”shadow”]”Americans need a fair shot at getting back on their feet and finding work, but Koch groups are opposing benefits for the unemployed.”[/box]
The comment is a shot at the recent piece penned by Charles Koch in the Wall Street Journal.
President Obama applauded the bill’s passing, saying:
[box type=”shadow”]”I urge House Republicans to stop blocking a bipartisan compromise that would stem this tide, take up the bill without delay, and send it to my desk. Let’s remove this needless drag on our economy and focus on expanding opportunity for all Americans.”[/box]
The chances of House Republicans removing their blockade on anything useful is slim to none. Boehner already said he wouldn’t pass it without a “job creation extension,” which means either tax cuts for the wealthy or an Obamacare repeal, neither of which will happen.
h/t Daily Kos