Spinning the Senate Vote On Jobless Benefits

NBC Politics announces “The Senate narrowly voted Tuesday to advance a temporary extension of unemployment benefits to over one million jobless Americans, giving some unexpected momentum in the new year to Democrats and the Obama administration.”

The vote was 60-37. Anwhere else that vote would be called “overwhelming”, but because the U.S. Sennate aspires to House-of-Represenatives-level dysfunction, 60 votes is required to do a lot of things because of frequent procedural blockages. So it was a near thing, but hardly “narrow”. “Narrow” probably sells more advertising.

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