Job­less aid plan killed

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

For the third time in as many weeks, Repub­li­cans in the Se­nate have suc­cess­fully fil­i­bus­tered a bill to con­tinue pro­vid­ing un­em­ploy­ment checks to mil­lions of peo­ple.

But since Repub­li­cans Olympia Snowe and Su­san Collins of Maine voted with Democrats to ad­vance the $33 bil­lion mea­sure, its pas­sage seems as­sured next month once a re­place­ment is named for Demo­cratic Sen. Robert Byrd, who died Mon­day. Democrats would then have a fil­i­buster-proof ma­jor­ity for the bill.

About 1.3 mil­lion peo­ple who have been out of work for more than six months have al­ready lost job­less checks av­er­ag­ing about $300 a week when ben­e­fits be­gan run­ning out ear­lier this month.

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