Unemployment benefits bill clears Senate hurdle

DAVID ESPO | AP
Published: 01/08/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House-backed Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle on Tuesday, but the bill’s fate remained in doubt.

The vote was 60-37 to limit debate on the legislation, with a half-dozen Republicans siding with the Democrats on the test vote.

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