The Senate defeated two proposals to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed in states with high unemployment rates.
A plan to extend benefits through November, paid for by extending the sequester, lost 52-48.
Another plan to extend benefits for just three months, without paying for it, lost 55-45.
It’s not just heartless, it’s makes no sense economically. Aside from the families most directly affected, the whole country will suffer from reduced GDP and fewer jobs created this year.
With the need for 60 votes, the GOP might as well control the Senate as well as the House.