Senate votes to end latest GOP filibuster blocking unemployment benefits

This afternoon, the Senate voted to end the filibuster of the legislation to extend unemployment benefits and COBRA, which affected hundreds of thousand of Americans:

The 60-34 vote killed a GOP filibuster against debating the measure, which would extend benefits through the end of the month.

Four Republicans — Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, George Voinovich of Ohio, and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine — voted with Democrats to move the bill forward.

Those hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans lost their benefits last Monday because of this GOP filibuster.

Today, Roll Call (sub. req.) reported that Majority Leader Harry Reid was “on track to set the record for having the best batting average when it comes to killing filibusters.” Reid has had to fight an almost unbelievable onslaught of GOP-led filibusters — against almost everything.


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