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No Vote on Unemployment Extension Until After Senate Recess

This morning, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) raised the prospect that the Senate might hold another vote on extending federal unemployment insurance benefits before the July 4 holiday. “I hope we can pass it tonight before we go home for the 4th of July,” he told reporters on a conference call. But that hope seems unfounded: Many senators have already left, and now, according to staffers at offices of both Harkin and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), a vote is unlikely this week.

“It’s our understanding that we’re out of session until the 12th (due to the funeral of Sen. Byrd) so nothing until then,” Franken’s press secretary, Jess McIntosh, wrote in an email to TWI sister site The Minnesota Independent.

Harkin Communications Director Kate Cyrul clarified: “On this morning’s call, he was trying to drive home the point that the Senate needs to act on this extension as soon as possible. He is still committed to getting this extension passed and is hopeful we will take it up when we return.”

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