House Republicans defeated a measure today to extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed during the holiday season, an extension that would have added $12.5 billion to the federal deficit:
Democrats brought the measure to the floor under fast-track rules that required a two-thirds vote to pass, so the measure fell despite winning a 258-154 majority. Republicans blasted the move since it denied them an opportunity to try to offset its cost.
Twenty-one Republicans crossed party lines to support the extension, among them Pa's Tim Murphy, Jim Gerlach, Charlie Dent and Todd Platts. (Glenn Thompson, Bill Shuster and Joseph Pitts voted nay.) Every Pa Democrat voted in favor. (See the roll call here at GovTrack. That's their cartogram at top -- Dem votes in blue, GOP in red.)
It needed 290 votes for approval (meaning at least 35 Democrats, with no Democratic crossover; in the end 11 Dems, none from Pa, voted against the measure). Most of the Dems voting nay are from the south (like Heath Shuler).
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