Republicans Block Senate From Extending Unemployment Benefits
The Democratic proposal failed to get 60 votes needed to pass the Senate.
It was defeated 58 to 40. Four Republicans voted with Democrats in favor of the measure that would have extended for three months benefits that expired in December.
The outcome leaves in doubt the prospects for extending the payments to people who are chronically out of work. Bipartisan negotiators have worked for several weeks to reach agreement but they haven’t been able to bridge their differences.