5:51 am July 21, 2010, by Henry Unger
It looks like it’s going to be a big day for jobless benefits.
The Senate cleared the way Tuesday for more unemployment pay to reach millions of Americans who have been out of work for six months or more, the New York Times reports.
Minutes after Carte P. Goodwin was sworn in as the new Democratic senator from West Virginia to replace the late Robert Byrd, the Senate voted 60 to 40 to break a partisan logjam and end debate over the jobless pay, the Times writes. That overrided Republican objections that the $34 billion cost of the additional compensation should not be added to the deficit.
The Senate must still give final approval to the unemployment bill, though the procedural victory assured passage as early as Wednesday, the Times reports. The House was expected to give quick final approval followed by the signature of President Obama.
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