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Jobless Bill Clears Key Senate Vote in Squeaker

Jobless Bill Clears Key Senate Vote in Squeaker
Posted January 7th, 2014 @ 2:08pm by Kevin Spak, Newser Staff

(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.

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