Democrats, Republicans on the attack over unemployment benefits

"The clock continues to tick. The unemployed continue to suffer. And too many of our Republican colleagues — who for years have proven they’ve never seen an economic crisis they couldn’t turn into a political opportunity — continue to prove they’ve never seen an opportunity they can’t turn into a crisis,” he said on the floor. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) shot back that the Democratic agenda is failing to create jobs needed to lower the unemployment rate and accelerate the nation's recovery. 

"As I stand here this morning, millions of Americans are struggling to find jobs — and yet all they see in Washington are Democrats passing massive bills that, at their core, seem to have one thing in common: more job loss," he said on the floor. 

"It’s almost as if it’s a prerequisite for any Democrat legislation: If it leads to more job loss, they’ll pass it."

The Senate voted 60-40 on Tuesday afternoon to end debate on the six-month extension of unemployment benefits, ending a six-week Republican filibuster.