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Reuters, Published January 07 2014

Renewal of jobless benefits clears Senate hurdle

WASHINGTON - A White House-backed bill to renew jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans narrowly cleared a U.S. Senate Republican procedural roadblock on Tuesday.

On a largely party-line vote of 60-37 - 60 votes were needed to prevail - the Senate agreed to begin consideration of the measure. The Senate might vote later this week on whether to approve the bill and send it to the Republican-led House of Representatives, where it faces stiff opposition.