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Can't we all get along for the unemployed? Senate Republicans blocked Democratic attempts to extend unemployment insurance on Thursday. A vote of 58 to 40 failed to overturn the GOP filibuster that put a stop to pushing forward a three-month, $6.4 billion extension for expired unemployment benefits. The plan was initially voted on in the Senate last month, but was rejected by Republicans because Majority Leader Harry Reid would only allow them to offer five amendments.