Mar 9, 2010 1:06 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
As the Senate prepares to vote on extending unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless, it has rejected a summer jobs program for youth.
Republicans were unanimously opposed to the $1.3 billion program and several Democrats joined them.
Next on today's agenda: a procedural vote on the jobless bill. Democrats need at least one Republican vote to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to limit debate and guarantee an up-or-down vote.
The measure extends unemployment insurance and includes about 60 popular tax breaks for individuals and businesses that expired at the end of last year. The legislation, which also prevents doctors from absorbing a crippling cut in Medicare payments and gives states help with Medicaid, could come up for a vote on Thursday.