House passes unemployment benefits extension, clears bill for Obama’s signature

The House passed Thursday a $34 billion six-month extension of unemployment benefits, retroactive back to the June 2 expiration. 

The House voted 272-152 -- with 31 Republicans supporting the bill and 10 Democrats opposing -- the bill that is headed to the White House for President Obama's signature. He's expected to quickly sign the bill. 

The 10 Democrats opposing, including nine members of 54-member fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition were:  Reps. Marion Berry (Ark.), Baron Hill (Ind.), Heath Shuler (N.C.), Bobby Bright (Ala.), Jim Cooper (Tenn.) Glenn Nye, (Va.), Betsy Markey (Colo.), Walt Minnick (Idaho) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.).

Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) is the only Democratic lawmaker voting against the measure who isn't a Blue Dog. 

For Republicans, six members of the Florida delegation and four from Michigan and Pennsylvania backed the bill. 

The 31 Republicans voting for the measure were: Reps. Brian Bilbray (Calif.), Gus Bilirakis (Fla.), Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Ahn "Joseph" Cao (La.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Michael Castle (Del.), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Vern Ehlers (Mich.), Jim Gerlach (Pa.), Dean Heller (Nev.), Tim Johnson (Ill.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Steve LaTourette (Ohio), Frank LoBiondo (N.Y.), Don Manzullo (Ill.), Thad McCotter (Mich.), Tim Murphy (Pa.), Tom Petri (Wis.), Todd Russell Platts (Pa.), Bns had suggested using remaining unspent stimulus funds, which are running short. 

With the nation's unemployment rate at 9.5 percent, Democrats had urged treating the bill as emergency spending. 

Republicans balked at the idea, arguing that there were ways to pay for the measure instead of adding to the deficit. Senate Republicans had suggested using remaining unspent stimulus funds, which are running short.