Goodwin Sworn In, Votes in Favor of Unemployment Benefits Extension
Sen. Carte Goodwin (D-W.Va.) was sworn in about half an hour ago by Vice President Biden. At 36, he is the youngest member of Senate. The late Sen. Robert Byrd (D), his predecessor and 56 years his senior, was the oldest member of the body at the time of his death June 28.
With Goodwin’s support, the Senate passed cloture on the unemployment benefits extension bill shortly after his swearing-in. When Goodwin cast his vote in favor of the bill, applause broke out in the chamber.
*Updated at 3:50 p.m.