Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has answered the question on the minds of all the people who have lost their unemployment benefits in recent weeks: Senate appointee Carte Goodwin (D-W.Va.) will vote in favor of the unemployment benefits extension bill that the Senate will take up shortly after he is sworn in at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday. That means there will be 60 votes in favor of the bill, enough to overcome a Republican filibuster.
“We will take up and pass unemployment legislation,” Rockefeller said.
Rockefeller announced Goodwin’s anticipated vote as he made remarks during a press conference today. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) announced during the presser that Goodwin, Manchin’s former general counsel, will replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D).
Updated at 3:32 p.m.