PI Original Adam Doster Thursday October 22nd, 2009, 11:22am

Reid Calls For Cloture Vote On Unemployment Benefits Extension (UPDATED)

Bogged down for weeks in the Senate, Congressional Democrats made akey decision last night that could result in a some legitimate progresson a federal extension of unemployment benefits bill before the week isthrough.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) filed a ...

Bogged down for weeks in the Senate, Congressional Democrats made akey decision last night that could result in a some legitimate progresson a federal extension of unemployment benefits bill before the week isthrough.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) filed a procedural motion late last night to speed up debate on H.R. 3548, which would extend jobless insurance to the 1.3 million Americans expected to exhaust their benefits by year's end. While it's unclear how many amendmentsto the bill will be entertained, the Senate could take a cloture voteas early as today, effectively ending debate if 60 Senators vote infavor. (That's a likely outcome, given the overwhelming support a similar measure garnered in the House.)

The funding mechanism, which Republicans have objected to, has still has not been finalized. As Reid said yesterday in a statement,the procedural motion was intended "to move the process along as wecontinue to negotiate." But it appears that the roadblock may have beenrepaired.  Stay tuned.

UPDATE (4:36 pm): The cloture vote will take place on Tuesday afternoon, according to Sen. Reid's office. Mike Lillis has the details

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