Six Republicans voted with 54 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, which includes two independents, to overcome a 60-vote threshold to begin consideration of bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Dean Heller, R-Nev. [USA Today]
THE SENATE moved forward on extending unemployment benefits extension, with there no sign the House will do the same. The Senate must first pass the bill, which the majority of Republicans are against.
As President Obama said in his news conference today, he meets a lot of people and he’s never met anyone who would prefer an unemployment check than a job.
President Obama has put his weight behind the extension of unemployment benefits. Today, Katherine Hackett was in front of the microphone to share her plight and introduce the President. She wrote President Obama to share how unemployment benefits have made her life possible, as she looks for work. Her sons are in the military, she only heats her house to 58 degrees, wearing a hat and coat inside.
Republicans think it’s more important to find pay cuts to cover the unemployment benefits extension, which Joe Scarborough and Harold Ford touted, to their embarrassment, on MSNBC this morning.
This isn’t an issue that will sway voters or change elections, but it is the right thing to do.
The real issue is jobs.