Republicans Kill Unemployment Benefits

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Legislation to bring back unemployment insurance for over a million long-term jobless Americans failed to clear the Senate on Tuesday, leaving no clear path forward.

Republicans complained Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wouldn’t let them try to amend the legislation, and Reid responded that Republicans had been whining about procedure to obscure their opposition to restoring the benefits.

“The question is: Are Republican filibustering unemployment benefits or are they not?” Reid said on the Senate floor before the vote.

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