Unemployment Bill Moves Closer to Inevitable Defeat in House

| Tue Jan. 7, 2014 12:54 PM EST

A couple of hours ago, the Senate voted 60-37 to move forward on a bill extending unemployment insurance benefits. If those same 60 senators continue to vote the same way, the bill will pass sometime in the next day or two.

But that will require making some concessions to Republicans, and this is getting a ton of ink. But why? Am I missing something here? Does this bill have even the faintest chance of getting a vote in the House, let alone passing? I haven't read anything that suggests John Boehner plans to bring it up no matter what concessions Democrats make in the Senate.

Help me out here. I could use some good news. Does this bill have a prayer of passing the House, or is this just another round of Capitol Hill game playing, with poor people as the pawns?

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