Senate Democrats have broken a procedural logjam, enabling a vote on a bill temporarily extending unemployment benefits, subsidies for those receiving COBRA benefits and the National Flood Insurance Program.

With three Republicans voting with the Democrats, the measure passed by a vote of 60-34, defeating an attempt by Sen. Tom Coburn (R. –Okla.) to filibuster consideration of H.R. 4851.

The National Flood Insurance Program, which has long survived on a series of temporary extensions, lapsed two weeks ago as Senators were unable to pass H.R. 4851 prior to the Easter recess.


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