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Maine's Two U.S. Senators Vote to Advance Stalled Unemployment Bill
02/06/2014 03:57 PM ET  

It's the second time this year that congressional Democrats have sought to move the bill along, and they say they will try again.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ 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, including Maine Sen. Susan Collins. All 53 Democrats and two independents, including Maine Sen. Angus King, support the bill.

The vote on the bill was 55 to 42, five votes short of the 60 needed to advance the legislation.



 

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