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January 7, 2014

In a surprise, Senate votes to consider extending jobless benefits -- how they voted here

Kansas, Missouri senators split along party lines

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Kansas Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, and Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt

— all Republicans — voted Tuesday to continue the filibuster against a bill extending unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.

In something of a surprise, though, the Senate voted to halt the filibuster by a 60-37 margin, the bare minimum. Sen.

Claire McCaskill

, a Democrat, was one of those voting to stop the talk-a-thon.

The Senate vote, while surprising, doesn’t mean the bill will become law. It must still pass the Senate, and then the House, where prospects are much cloudier.

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