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With a key Senate vote on a three-month extension of unemployment benefits scheduled later today, four Democratic senators led by Sen. Jack Reed say they are confident they can get 60 votes to overcome an expected filibuster, but that if they fail, they vow to keep bringing the matter up until it does pass.
A Senate vote is just the first hurdle, however, as the bill will then go to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, where it faces an even more uncertain future. President Barack Obama has said that if legislation extending the benefits program comes to him, he will sign it.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Monday's Times.