October 29, 2009

From Progress Illinois-Durbin: GOP's Obstruction Of Unemployment Benefits Extension "Fundamentally Unfair":

Now that the Senate has overcome a procedural hump and voted by a wide margin in favor of cloture on H.R. 3548, an extension of federal unemployment insurance, Democratic Senators are laying into their Republican counterparts for the multiple delays they caused over the past few weeks. On the Senate floor today, Sen. Dick Durbin listed off the unemployment rate in the states represented by the 13 lawmakers who voted against the measure last night. "This Republican obstruction," he said, "when it comes to something this basic, is fundamentally unfair."

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And from an update of their original post:

5:45 p.m.: After a quick debate this evening, the Senate voted by a widemargin (87-13) in favor of cloture on H.R. 3548. While one more cloture vote will be required to bring the final bill to an up-or-down vote, the Senate is now expected to take up the bill in its current form, including the amendments added by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), in the coming days. Open Congress has listed the 13 lawmakers who voted against the procedural motion, which you can see below:

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)

Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MO)

Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY)

Sen. Thomas Coburn (R-OK)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)

Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)

Sen. Jefferson Sessions (R-AL)

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

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