January 7th, 2014
12:30 PM ET

Bill to extend jobless benefits advances

A $6.4 billion plan to extend unemployment insurance benefits to eligible workers for another three months cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday as 60 senators - including six Republicans - voted to move ahead with debate on the measure.

"Today brought us a glimmer of hope," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, after the vote. "It shows that the big plates - the tectonic plates in our politics - are moving."

But House Speaker John Boehner said he told President Barack Obama a month ago that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits "should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work. To date, the president has offered no such plan. If he does, I'll be happy to discuss it, but right now the House is going to remain focused on growing the economy and giving America's unemployed the independence that only comes from finding a good job."

Still, the 60 yea votes were the minimum needed to allow debate to go forward and avoid a filibuster in the Senate. Democrats got help from Republicans Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire; Dan Coats of Indiana; Susan Collins of Maine; Dean Heller of Nevada, Lisa Murkowski of Arkansas; and Rob Portman of Ohio.

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  3. saywhat

    Oh the lawmakers have other more important things to do, Americans come second.

    January 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    For example:
    "Cantor seeks House resolution to kill Iran talks".

    January 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    "McCain & Graham lambast Obama on Iraq violence."
    These two detached from reality and devoid of intellect refuse to accept that invasion and occupation of Iraq was the criminal blunder. And they are responsible among others.

    January 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Well of course they did! Isnt the middle name of each and every one of them "delay or obstruct"? If they get one thing accomplished this month for "We The People" i might actually be impressed!

    January 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • MI Snowman

      Yeah, me too.

      January 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Rightly said @chrissy.

    January 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Wth? Just a bit ago it said the vote was delayed because some were absent due to weather!

    January 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It was delayed yesterday due to the weather. Doesn't matter; the HoR will fight it. After all, it would benefit people, and they can't have that.

      January 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Lol @ banasy, but i didnt read the blogs yesterday. I swear it was just a short time ago TODAY!

    January 7, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marian08

    OHHH! This just burns me up! This is people's lives! No concern whatsoever to what could happen to some. If this had happened to me, I would be homeless. You have to wonder, what is the matter with these people?

    January 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ Marian08, they are selfish and greedy and no matter what they say to the contrary they do NOT work for "We The People!"

    January 8, 2014 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Marian08

    Amen@chrissy!

    January 8, 2014 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    What is embarrassing folks is,that we tolerate and pamper these fools playing gods up on the Hill.

    January 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Laila Helmi

    We need even 3month extention fee EDD
    To be ready set up our life please senator vote for this offer from us and the president

    I have 4children and payments

    Thank you

    January 10, 2014 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Laila Helmi

    Go head for 3 month president Obama help us

    January 10, 2014 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
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