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Senate overcomes filibuster of unemployment extension, tax cuts
The Senate voted Monday to override a filibuster by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and close debate on the $858 billion package that includes extensions of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, federal unemployment benefits and a number of other tax cuts and provisions as well.
The vote is still open as some senators are still trying to get back to Washington from their home states, but they already have more than 60 votes necessary to invoke cloture.
An actual vote on the bill, which is expected to pass, could take place as early as Tuesday but is more likely to be on Wednesday. There is a procedural rule in the Senate that requires 30 hours between the cloture vote and the final vote, but that rule can be waived if there are no objections.
The bill would then move to the House, where the Democratic caucus has rejected the bill in a non-binding vote and promised to try to amend some of the provisions.