Despite the GOP's vociferous objections, Senate Democrats ultimately succeeded in overcoming the lengthy filibuster.
The bill restores jobless benefits retroactive to June 2 and extends eligibility through the end of November, providing up to 99 weekly unemployment checks -- at an average of $335 each -- to people who have exhausted their 26 weeks of state-paid benefits.
"Finally, finally, finally," Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, said today. "In my mind it's like having a treaty with the American people. We don't violate treaties and we shouldn't violate social contracts but no, no, no, not our Senate. We had to dilly-dally around for months after months because of the procedural objections of the other side."