It looks as if extending those unemployment benefits that expired on December 28 for the long-term unemployed is two votes short of passing in the Senate. All 55 Dems are for it, and they have three Republicans — Dean Heller of Nevada, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
But a majority of 58 doesn’t matter when you need 60.
Even if it passed the Senate, good luck in the House of Crazies.
The Dems shouldn’t have done the Murray-Ryan deal without an extension of benefits.
The budget deal worked out by Sen. Patty Murray for the Dems and Congressman Paul Ryan for the GOP doesn’t have an extension of unemployment benefits for the 1.3 million long-term unemployed whose benefits run out on December 28. It’s not as if we’re anywhere near full employment.