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Unemployment insurance looks dead in the House. Here’s how Democrats are trying to change that.

By Wesley Lowery, April 7, 2014

Later today, the Senate will vote along party lines to pass an extension to federally provided long-term unemployment benefits — legislation that, once it’s passed, will have taken four Senate votes to get passed.

While Democrats will trumpet this evening’s Senate vote as a triumph, the legislation seems to face an implausible pathway to becoming law once it is sent to the House.

Republican House leadership has repeatedly stated their opposition to the Senate-passed bill, noting that they do not want to bring any unemployment legislation to the floor for a vote unless it includes job-creation provisions.

But Democratic House members and their aides insist they won’t go down without a fight.

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