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Senate Democrats vote to provide $300 unemployment benefits into September

Added 03-06-21 01:57:02am EST - “Senate Democrats voted early Saturday morning to provide a $300 weekly federal unemployment payment into early September?"effectively undoing a GOP effort to end those payments? in mid-July.?” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Senate Democrats vote to provide $300 unemployment benefits into September”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senate Democrats voted early Saturday morning to provide a $300 weekly federal unemployment payment into early September—effectively undoing a GOP effort to end those payments in mid-July. 

Senators voted 50-49 to add the amendment from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package Overnight Health Care: Biden slams Texas, Mississippi for lifting coronavirus restrictions: 'Neanderthal thinking' | Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra |Over 200K sign up for ACA plans during Biden special enrollment period MORE (D-Ore.) into the roughly $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill currently being debated by the chamber. 

All 50 Democratic senators vote for the amendment, which provides the weekly $300 payment until Sept. 6. Every Republican on hand to vote opposed it. 

The vote came roughly an hour after Senate Republicans were able to get a short-lived win when they muscled an amendment from Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanMandel gets Club for Growth nod in Ohio Senate primary Rick Scott caught in middle of opposing GOP factions Five takeaways from dramatic Capitol security hearing MORE (R-Ohio) temporarily into the coronavirus bill. Portman's amendment provided a $300 per week payment but until July 18. 

Republicans were able to claim the brief victory because Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Progressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-W.Va.), who supported the subsequent Democratic amendment, also voted for Portman's proposal. 

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