A measure that would restore lapsed jobless aid for hundreds of thousands of Americans cleared a hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, clearing the way for passage later in the week.
By a vote of 60 to 40, Democrats voted to set aside a law that requires new spending to be offset with tax increases or spending cuts elsewhere.
Democrats had fallen short of the 60 votes needed for passage earlier in the day, when Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy was at a funeral.
With the unemployment rate at 9.7 percent, some 6.1 million Americans rely on jobless benefits to help them pay the bills as they look for work as the United States climbs out of the worst economic downturn in 70 years. ...
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Comment: Shadow Government Statistics reports that the unemployment rate is actually closer to 22 percent, and yet the Senate continues to dig us deeper into debt with their out of control spending and strangling the free markets through its continue collusion with select business elites.
Our country's economy can be restored when we turn this back, but this will not happen with the government framework we have today. Only by restoring the founders original framework and the state's rightful place within the federal government will this happen. Repealing the 17th Amendment will accomplish both.