Finally, some relief for unemployed Americans whose unemployment benefits had expired. Senate Republicans had filibustered the proposed extension of benefits because many believed that it would cause the unemployed to stop looking for work. Have they been reading Ben Stein's writing? At any rate, millions of unemployed Americans now have a little wiggle room for a fixed amount of time — six months. The vote came moments after Carte Goodwin was sworn in as a successor to West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd, who died last month at the age of 92. Goodwin was the crucial 60th senator to defeat a Republican filibuster that has led to a lapse in benefits for 2.5 million people. We wonder if people will remember this when they vote in November?
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