Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) finally relented,
dropping his one-man filibuster last night so the Senate could pass
legislation to temporarily extend the deadline for unemployment benefits.The stop-gap
bill was approved by a 78-19 vote and was signed by President Obama
late last night. Bunning
eventually voted for the bill, an irony that was not lost on Illinois'
own Sen. Dick Durbin. "Over the last week, Sen. Bunning has objected 11
times to the very same procedure he agreed to tonight," Durbin said. "During that time, unemployment benefits were cut off for 15,000 people in Illinois." Illinois' senior senator added that the upper chamber can now move forward on finding a "long-term solution to our unemployment problem."