The second attempt of the Democrats
Republicans prevented progress on Thursday in the Senate a bill to renew federal benefits to persons with long-term unemployed.
It is the second time this year that Democrats have sought to achieve the adoption of such legislation, and they say they’ll try again. Approximately 1.7 million unemployed in USA have been affected by the expiration of a program that used to provide up to 47 weeks of federal benefits after reaching an end state aid, usually after six months.
Four Republican senators voted to advance the legislation, which is backed by 53 Democrats in the Senate and two independents. Normally that would have left the bill with 59 votes, one short of the 60 needed.
Then Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader in the Senate, changed his vote so that the final result beyond 58-40, which allows you to put the matter for consideration in the future.