07.20.10

Comment of Senator Leahy On The Senate's Vote To End The Filibuster To Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits

In a vote of 60 to 40, the U.S. Senate Tuesday afternoon voted to end the filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits for jobless Americans still struggling to find work in the gradual economic recovery.  The vote paves the way for an up-or-down Senate vote on the bill later this week.  Senator Patrick Leahy (D), a supporter of the bill, voted to end the filibuster, as did Senator Bernie Sanders (I).  Following is the reaction of Senator Leahy:

Recovering from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression is taking time, and it also takes steady effort on several fronts.  That includes encouraging the creation of new jobs and helping struggling families to get back on their feet.

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