Senate Votes to End Debate on Unemployment Extension Bill - Final Passage Likely on Wednesday - Blog - OpenCongress
After more than a month of partisan delay, the Senate voted this evening to wrap up debate of H.R. 3548, the unemployment benefits extension bill. The bill is now set for easy passage later in the week, possibly late on Tuesday night but most likely on Wednesday.
Today’s vote actually did more than just move the bill forward, it also changed it in significant ways. The vote, which passed 85-2, was on a cloture motion for a bipartisan substitute amendment that would add two expiring stimulus programs to it — the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit and loss carry-back accounting privileges for businesses. Both programs would be extended and bulked up a bit by the amendment.