US Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), (L), makes remarks as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), (R), listens at a press briefing to rally support for Congress to renew unemployment insurance benefits, which earlier failed to pass Republican opposition, at the US Capitol, January 16, 2014, in Washington, DC. Labor leaders hold signs to support jobless Americans. UPI/Mike Theiler | License Photo
Then, they voted 61-35 to invoke cloture on the full bill, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, which will limit debate to 30 hours and set the full measure up for easy passage Monday evening.
Passage of the full bill will require just 51 votes to pass the Senate, but it still faces long odds in the House, with Speaker John Boehner indicating he is unlikely to bring the measure to the floor.