Unemployment Extension Clears Senate Hurdle

As far as Republicans are concerned, it sucks to be you but they won't vote to help ya.

Huffington Post is reporting that the extension passed the Senate overcame a filibuster vote today by a vote of 60-40.

From the article:

Defeating the filibuster clears an easy path toward the president’s desk this week. People who missed checks will be paid retroactively; people who exhausted all weeks of benefits available before the lapse will not get anything.

The great debate pitting deficit reduction against jobless aid is over — until November, when it is certain to return. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that the president will push for an additional extension of benefits when the current one expires shortly after the midterm congressional elections.

“I think it is fair and safe to assume that we are not going to wake up and find ourselves at the end of November at a rate of employment one would not consider to be an emergency,” Gibbs said, in one of the most affirmative statements from Democrats about their plans for the next lapse in benefits.

Historically, Congress has never allowed federally-funded extended benefits to lapse when the national unemployment rate has been above 7.2 percent. The current rate is 9.5 percent, and few projections show it coming down any time soon.

ED Note: Corrected title, and some text.

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