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Unemployment Bill Stalled Again in Senate

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Republicans have blocked legislation from advancing in the Senate to restore benefits for the long-term unemployed.
 
It's the second time this year that Democrats have sought to move the bill along, and they say they will try again.
 
An estimated 1.7 million jobless have been affected by the expiration of a program that once provided up to 47 weeks of federal benefits after state-paid assistance ended, generally after six months.
 
Four Republicans voted to advance the legislation, which all 53 Democrats and two independents support.
 
Ordinarily, that would have left the bill with 59 votes, one short of the 60 needed.
 
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada then switched his vote, which made the final tally 58-40, and will allow him to have the issue reconsidered in the future.  (AP)

Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked legislation to extend emergency unemployment insurance for 1.7 million Americans, including more than 21,000 Nevadans:

"Senators who blocked the extension of unemployment insurance benefits to 1.7 million Americans either do not understand or do not care what it is like to live on the brink. Unemployment insurance benefits are an important lifeline for those struggling to feed their family, pay their rent, and put gas in the car to go to job interviews. It is well past time that Congress acts to extend this financial bridge." 

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