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Senate clears procedural hurdle to begin debate on extending federal jobless benefits

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The Senate on Tuesday advanced legislation that would extend federal unemployment benefits to more than 1 million jobless Americans despite Republican demands that the $6.4 billion price tag be offset by budget cuts. The 60-37 vote was just enough to clear the parliamentary hurdle and open debate on the measure. The measure advanced when a handful of Republicans joined Democrats in backing it....

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