Unemployment benefits gone for near 1 million
On Thursday, the Senate failed for the third time to extend the deadline to file for a safety net that would ensure continued unemployment benefits for almost 1 million people.
The Senate trimmed the bill to add $33.3 billion to the deficit rather than $55.1 billion. The changes scaled back Medicaid funding for the states and reallocated stimulus and Defense Department spending. The bill pushed back the deadline for federal unemployment benefits until the end of November, renewed expired tax provisions, lengthened a small business lending program, and added to infrastructure developments.
The vote was 57-41. Democrats needed 60 votes to overcome Republican filibuster. The bill will be pulled.