Millions of unemployed searching for nonexistent jobs suffer as their benefits end. Meanwhile, back at the zoo…
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) last night prevented his fellow Democrats from finally passing legislation to extend needed unemployment insurance benefits to out of work Americans. It was the third time the legislation, which has been repeatedly pared down and reshaped in the hunt for votes, has failed to overcome a filibuster. But it was the first time that success or failure rested on a single deciding vote. And because Nelson, the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, joined Republicans and blocked the bill, it will likely not pass until mid-July, after the Senate returns from Independence Day recess. By then Robert Byrd’s replacement will be seated, and Dems will have the votes they need to pass their jobs bill.
That’s assuming Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins once again side with Dems on this one. Don’t bet on it if Mitch McConnell has anything to say about it.
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