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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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Displaying 241-270 of 450 total comments.

  • theotherwilkie 06/30/2010 4:01pm

    It definitely looks/sounds like if they pass this tonight it should breeze through the rest of the process…

    “Cloture — a process for limiting debate on a measure — is the Senate’s only weapon against the filibuster. The details have changed several times since its creation a century ago, but here’s the rule as it stands today: cloture is invoked when three-fifths of all sworn-in senators vote for the cloture motion. The Senate nearly always has 100 members, putting the magic number at 60.

    In other words, the cloture vote is the stand-off between a filibustering minority and an annoyed majority. If at least 60 senators vote Yea, the filibuster ends. If fewer than 60 vote Yea, the filibuster continues. In both cases, the side that “loses” has no further weapons to fight with."

  • jerrman 06/30/2010 4:02pm

    I am ashamed of my Senators, one from my hometown who is supposedly a “down home guy who remembers his roots” (Alexander). I am ashamed that either he or Corker came from my state where, in Alexander’s home town, unemployment is above 12% the last time I checked. I’ve sent letters to no avail and do not no what I’m going to do or where I will live. I’ve been out of work for almost two years now and can’t find a job anywhere, got a letter from the state saying I had twenty weeks more. That all stopped june 2nd and I was at fault for not being ready for it, I thought I had 16 more weeks. I was at fault for trusting those who can’t be trusted.

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    Iamamerican33 06/30/2010 4:04pm

    Hey Jerrman:

    I’m from Tennessee too and we have it bad with two Rep. Senators.

  • juju39567 06/30/2010 4:06pm

    from 10 till 430 i believe the late sen. byrd’s body will be laid in senate chambers so no senate buisness will happen till after 430 if i understood it right so they need to work tonight LIKE THE HOUSE OF REPS ARE STILL WORKING or it will be friday before anythign signifcant happens

  • Jonapoo4u 06/30/2010 4:08pm

    i think its time we start letting senators go there is no reason they should be in office until they die a think a 4-8 year term just like the president would do our country some good. after awhile they become so inhumane and closed of from the rest of us

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    mojo1951 06/30/2010 4:10pm

    They do have a 4 year term (Reps. have 2). And they are voted in (and out)

  • jerrman 06/30/2010 4:09pm

    Hi lamamerican33,

    AMEN TO THAT! I’ve sent both countless emails and tried to get the people around me to vote against them or at least to vote. Sadly they still think Republicans are good, MORAL, people looking out for us little guys.
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    Iamamerican33 06/30/2010 4:22pm

    Well Jerrman,

    Sadly this state is in too bad of a shape to be run by Republicans!!!

  • cgduff 06/30/2010 4:09pm

    This is driving me crazy – waiting to hear the final vote!!

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    Nicky 06/30/2010 4:14pm

    I’ve been counting the vote is stalled at 37 nay and 58 yeah!!!

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    Revolution 06/30/2010 4:16pm

    so they are waiting on 4 senators to vote…hopefully all democrat except nelson from nebraska..without Byrd there are 99 senators..

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    Iamamerican33 06/30/2010 4:18pm

    Someone is setting in for Byrd (heard his name the other day) like someone did for Kennedy. Not sure the name through but think his vote would count as Byrd’s would have

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    mojo1951 06/30/2010 4:20pm

    Are you sure about that?

  • Christine58 06/30/2010 4:11pm

    Im from Georgia and have two Rep. senators too.Ihave written both and Chambliss I e-mailed twice. I got answers from both senators but neither were promising. I hope that one if not both have changed their minds.

  • indimom2010 06/30/2010 4:12pm

    I was just on C- span 2 it appears that are still in. Hope they can vote early in the morning , so everyone can rest their minds. I know myself I am online looking all day.

  • sruthj217 06/30/2010 4:13pm

    But don’t they already have Snowe, Collins and McCain?

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    Nicky 06/30/2010 4:16pm

    I believe Snowe voted yeah but I didn’t catch what the other two voted.

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    juju39567 06/30/2010 4:18pm

    i heard mccain and wicker®miss said aye i know plus snow and collins

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    Iamamerican33 06/30/2010 4:19pm

    I heard Snow and Collins say aye. McCain I did not hear but he usually come thru eventually

  • Jonapoo4u 06/30/2010 4:16pm


  • juju39567 06/30/2010 4:16pm

    why arent they automated like in house of reps we would know whats happening

  • Revolution 06/30/2010 4:20pm

    According to a new report from the National Employment Law Project and the Center for American Progress, the 111th United States Congress has made history in that it has become the Congress that has allowed unemployment benefits to be cut off at the highest level of unemployment in history. Allowing 1.7 million people to go without unemployment benefits while the unemployment rate stands at 9.7% is a new Congressional high — or low, depending upon one’s perspective

  • Nicky 06/30/2010 4:20pm

    One more vote for yeah.. at 59

  • peytonsplace007 06/30/2010 4:21pm

    Carper just voted Aye. Only need one more…but the remaining Senators are Republican. Bond, DeMint and Roberts

  • Sniperous 06/30/2010 4:21pm

    59 aye to 37 nay

  • sruthj217 06/30/2010 4:22pm

    does not look good then!

  • theotherwilkie 06/30/2010 4:23pm

    I just heard a nay. Fuckers…

  • Nicky 06/30/2010 4:23pm

    59 to 38

  • sruthj217 06/30/2010 4:23pm

    Then again, why would Reid have called for a vote now if he didn’t think it had a chance to pass.

  • Nicky 06/30/2010 4:23pm

    not agreed to.

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