Senate to Jobless: On Your Own

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14:  (L-R) U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NH), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME),  Sen. Daniel Coats (R-IN), Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) speak to members of the media on unemployment insurance on January 14, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Senate has defeated  two votes to renew the unemployment insurance benefits that was expired in December, 2013.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    The Washington gridlock unsurprisingly continues into 2014. Attempts at a bipartisan deal to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed fizzled yesterday in the Senate. Some 1.4 million Americans have lost aid since the benefits expired last month. A critical vote to end debate failed 55-45 in a largely party-line vote.  “I am still hopeful that while it does not look very good right now, that we can come together," said Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).

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