Senator Jim Bunning has struck an agreement with Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid to allow a vote on the unemployment extension bill later tonight. The bill will pass overwhelmingly.
Under the deal, Senator Reid agreed to allow a vote on a measure to off-set the bill’s $10 billion cost with cuts in other programs. The off-set measure is expected to fail. So, despite Bunning’s efforts, the unemployment extension bill will not be paid for.
Bunning’s obstruction, however, continues on another front: Democrats say he has put a hold on all pending presidential nominations, effectively blocking “several dozen” of President Obama’s nomations.