Unemployment Bill Jumps Through Final Procedural HoopNovember 4, 2009 - by Donny Shaw
Senate Democrats succeeded on Wednesday at ending debate on a bill that would extend most Americans’ jobless benefits by at least 14 weeks.
The 97-1 cloture vote concludes a four-week standoff between the majority party and GOP leaders over the extension, a version of which passed the House in September.
Democrats now expect a final vote on the substance of the bill to take place late Thursday.
The lone “no” vote on today’s cloture vote was Sen. Jim DeMint [R, SC].
The final vote on passage will require a simple majority of 51 votes to be approved. After that it goes back to the House of Representatives, which is expected to agree to the Senate’s changes and send it to President Obama for his signature quickly.