In a disappointing vote on Thursday, Senate Republicans once again blocked the advance of legislation to restore benefits for the long-term unemployed for the second time in less than a month.
As a result of the vote, millions of families will not receive unemployment benefits in an economy that is still in recovery. Many of these families are struggling to keep their homes and to feed their children because they lost their jobs.
Republicans opposed the measure even though Democrats gave them several of the concessions they demanded.
Democrats proposed a bill that was fully paid for and offered to give Republican lawmakers the opportunity to make changes if they could round up enough votes.
Republican critics of the bill said they opposed turning a temporary federal benefit into another welfare program.