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Just One Vote

June 30, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

A single senator now stands between millions of unemployed Americans and the extension of unemployment insurance benefits they need in order to feed their families and gas up their cars to get to job interviews. The Hill reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said two Republicans will support his new extension to unemployment benefits and that he is hopeful a third and final Republican will eventually back the bill.

“If we had Senator Byrd’s replacement we would have 60,” he told reporters. “We have to wait and see what a couple of Republicans do.”

Reid did not say which Republicans have chosen to support the bill, but one of them is expected to be Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine), who last week said she would support a stand-alone extension of unemployment benefits.

We’ll know later today or tomorrow morning if the Republicans and conservative Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] (pictured) are going let the Democrats’ latest attempt at passing an extension, and the last attempt before they leave for July 4 recess, get an up-or-down vote.

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    Revolution 06/30/2010 3:35pm

    They vote on the bill..this is a voote to stop debate and allow straight vote….if that happens…majority wins and it passes and gets sent to the president

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    juju39567 06/30/2010 3:36pm

    this is to limit (end) debate then it has a yes or no vote then to house for vote then to presidents desk to sign into law if im thinkin correct

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    mojo1951 06/30/2010 3:37pm

    This vote is only to limit the debate on a new version of the measure.

  • sruthj217 06/30/2010 3:38pm

    The House vote is already assured, they have already passed a bill and only need a majority.

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    Revolution 06/30/2010 3:41pm

    That is a different bill..that would get sent to the senate for another debate/vote if it passed the house…the one we are watching now is to limit the debate on the stand alone bill..if that passes with 60+ they then go to a straight vote on passing the bill..and I believe a majority wins…then sent to President to sign

  • Rangerfan1 06/30/2010 3:38pm

    All in favor of passing this…say AYE!!

  • UIAMERICAN 06/30/2010 3:39pm

    at this point i have counted 48 Ayes and 36 Nays…. This is hard waiting for the full count… Be original say AYE!!!

  • juju39567 06/30/2010 3:39pm

    lol mr. bye(spelling) aye sounded funny think im goin crazy

  • Jonapoo4u 06/30/2010 3:39pm

    so far i think ive heard a 3:1 aye ratio

  • canonworker60 06/30/2010 3:41pm

    As far as the long term unemployed getting a break on cobra costs many of them don’t as they were laid off prior to sept 08. Families can’t afford to pay $1200 a month for medical coverage even when they are getting unemployement.

  • sruthj217 06/30/2010 3:43pm

    Maybe some will want to close debate and end this so they can go home for the 4th weekend.

  • general 06/30/2010 3:47pm
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    There goin home no matter what

  • Christine58 06/30/2010 3:48pm

    I think Im going to spit up…ugh. Whats the count or what is next?

  • illucy 06/30/2010 3:51pm

    I think they’re just voting on limiting the debate on the bill… I guess so it doesn’t drag on and gets done hopefully tomorrow with a small debate…. anyone know if I have it right?

  • sruthj217 06/30/2010 3:51pm

    I’m a little confused. If 4 Republicans have voted Aye so far and they needed 3 Republican votes to carry, then provided the Democrats follow Reid’s lead it should pass, right?
    What am I missing?

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    juju39567 06/30/2010 3:54pm
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    this is just to pretty much end debate and next step is yes or no vote people could change thier vote but from what ive gathered watching the last couple weeks if they vote yes to end debate theyll probally vote yes on final vote

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    Revolution 06/30/2010 3:54pm

    This is needed to get past the fillabuster by the Republicans..if they want they can debate for ever…they are voting on cloture (stoping debate) now..they need 60 votes to pass…once that happens, a vote on the bill itself can be taken (today/tomorrow) and they will vote yes/no to pass…if there is a majority voting in favor, it gets passed and sent to the president for signatures and unemployment funding is authorized…

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    Rangerfan1 06/30/2010 3:57pm

    You would think that they go on to vote tonite, right? Doesn’t the homebuyers tax credit expire at midnight tonight?

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    Revolution 06/30/2010 3:59pm

    I would hope..but you never know with them and not sure if they are still all present..i think if it passes and debate is stopped Reid will talk then let everyone know what is going ot happen…

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    Iamamerican33 06/30/2010 4:02pm

    We only needed 3 last time and we got Snow and Collins which means we need one Rep or a Democrate that did not vote last time. A whole lot of ayes lately. They may still be doing some persuading in the back rooms. Could be they get this then do a straight vote on the bill before going home. Should not have to go back to the House… but to The Prez to be signed. Tomorrow will be all about Sen. Byrd. Friday they will want out of there. I think maybe, just maybe the speach about celebrating our country’s birthday and leaving us with alot less to celebrate has touched some people’s sense of decency. Just saying…

  • raegan81 06/30/2010 3:53pm

    They are ONLY VOTING TO LIMIT DEBATE. This doesnt pass or reject the bill only decides if it is limited in debate to be put to a vote tomorrow or if they will leave it open for a longer debate and drag things on……

  • sruthj217 06/30/2010 3:54pm

    But is the vote tomorrow a majority or 60? If its only a majority then it will pass tomorrow.

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    Revolution 06/30/2010 3:56pm

    majority..I believe 51…

  • sruthj217 06/30/2010 3:56pm

    This is the vote then. They already have a majority vote assured, they need to get around filibuster to pass the bill. What happens now will decide the bill.

  • illucy 06/30/2010 3:57pm

    Doesn’t both houses of congress have to vote on it before it goes to the president? Or are they both voting tomorrow? Anyone…

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    Revolution 06/30/2010 4:01pm

    The bill has to be exact in house and senate to get sent to the President..but formality once voted amendments/changes etc..not sure if this bill started in house…I believe it was the Senate…not sure

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    cgduff 06/30/2010 4:01pm

    I think you’re right. If/When it passes in the Senate, it then gets sent to the House for a vote before it gets sent on.

  • DrMcNugget 06/30/2010 3:58pm

    Does Ben Nelson actually ever do anything for the nation’s citizens? Or does he just sit around and act like an ogre prick?

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    mojo1951 06/30/2010 4:01pm

    Just sits around…What a traitor to his own party. I feel sorry for those of you in the Cornhusker State

  • sruthj217 06/30/2010 4:01pm

    Unless I am completely wrong, the House and Senate should approve the bill tomorrow if the Senate filibuster is overcome tonight, and Obama will sign it. Reid has a majority in the Senate and Pelosi has a majority in the House, and both want it passed. They have already passed separate Unemployment extension bills before they just didn’t agree.

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