…with the Blues Brothers: Rawhide Hardstyle remix.
Alexis Levinson reports: WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats successfully wrangled enough Republican votes to get an extension of unemployment insurance benefits past a key procedural hurdle, in spite of early pessimism about the bill’s prospects.
The bill must clear a second procedural hurdle before the Senate finally votes on the bill itself.
Unemployment insurance benefits were not included in the budget agreement crafted by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, and Democrats are making a hard push to extend them outside of the budget deal.
But Republicans have objected to the proposal, sponsored by Republican Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, because it does not include any offsets for the spending. Democrats have pressured Republicans on the issue, citing the 1.3 million people who lost those benefits when they expired Dec. 28, and saying that not to extend those benefits was shameful.