Senate Republicans blocked the third attempt by Democrats to pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits. The Senate voted 58-40 on a proposal that would have continued unemployment insurance for three months, but fell just short of the 60 votes needed to end debate.
Senate Democrats vowed to bring the bill before the Senate again. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “I’m beginning to believe there is nothing that will get Republicans to yes. It’s a ‘no’ vote because they don’t want to extend unemployment insurance.” Reid added, “We’re one Republican vote away from restoring benefits to 1.7 million Americans. There is one Republican vote standing in the way of a lifeline to these 1.7 million people.”