US Senate Votes for Jobless Benefit Extension
Fueled by angry sentiments of the voters ahead of the November mid-term elections, the United States Senate has voted on Tuesday to clear the final hurdles for the passing of the legislation aimed to extend the unemployment benefits of some 2.5 million Americans.
The United States Senate has voted on Tuesday to clear the final hurdles for the passing of the legislation aimed to extend the unemployment benefits of some 2.5 million Americans.
Fueled by angry sentiments of the voters ahead of the November mid-term elections, lawmakers voted 60-40, allowing the bill to be passed. Based on reports, only two Republican senators agreed for the passing of the bill while one Democratic senator voted against the jobless benefit extension.
The Democrats at the Senate was able to push the legislation forward after newly sworn West Virginia Senator Carter Goodwin provided them the much need vote, which they have been lacking in the past several weeks of voting.
Goodwin was sworn into office as successor to Senator Robert Byrd, shortly before the casting of votes.“The average of $309 per week is enough to keep thousands of American families with a decent home,” Goodwin said in an interview.
The Senate is expected to give the final reading and approval to the new measures within this week before sending the legislation to President Barack Obama to be officially signed into a law.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is now reviewing the legislation, which is also expected to be passed at the same time with the Senate’s version of the bill.President Obama lauded the lawmakers, thanking them for their efforts in making the US economy prosper anew.
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