By Vicki Needham - 07/01/10 09:25 PM EDT
All but one of the Democrats are members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition. The 10 Blue Dogs were: Reps. Marion Berry (Ark.), Jim Cooper (Tenn.), Jim Marshall (Ga.), Betsy Markey (Colo.), Baron Hill (Ind.), Walt Minnick (Idaho), Glenn Nye (Va.), Bobby Bright (Ala.) and Heath Shuler (N.C.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.). The other vote was Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.).
Those Democrats are from nine different states with varying levels of unemployment — Alabama (10.8), Tennessee (10.4), North Carolina (10.3), Georgia (10.2) and Indiana (10). Idaho's unemployment rate is 9 percent, Colorado is at 8 percent, Arkansas at 7.7 and Virginia recorded 7.1 percent in May.
Senate Democrats have spent several weeks trying to lure Republicans to support an extension of benefits that aren't paid for and consider the bill emergency spending, as has been done routinely in the past.
Meanwhile, the Senate GOP insisted on pay-fors so the bill wouldn't add to the debt. They were joined by one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.), enabling the filibuster to continue.
Democrats picked up two Republican votes -- Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins -- but the vote to end debate on the bill was one vote short of the 60 needed to send the measure to the House.
A House Democratic aide told The Hill on Wednesday that the Senate bill, which included unemployment benefits and the three-month extension for closing on a house that qualifies for the federal tax credit that expired April 30 -- would've likely passed despite a difference in offsets on the tax credit portion.
Updated at 5:25 p.m.