Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jobless benefits clear GOP roadblock


updated 7:09 p.m. ET, Mon., April 12, 2010
WASHINGTON - Democrats in the Senate won an initial skirmish Monday to restore unemployment benefits to hundreds of thousands of jobless people despite Republican criticism that it would add $9 billion to the nation's debt.

The 60-34 vote killed a GOP filibuster against debating the measure, which would extend jobless benefits through May 5 along with short-term extensions of several other lapsed programs.

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Republicans think it's ok to add to the national debt for the sake of the ultra-rich, but not for the working people.

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