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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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Criminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot MORE (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.