An unemployment bill stalled in the U.S. Senate Thursday as Democrats couldn't get enough votes to overcome a Republican filibuster.
About 1.7 million jobless people have been affected by the expiration of a program that once provided up to 47 weeks of federal benefits after state-paid assistance ended.
Only four Republicans voted to advance the legislation, which all 53 Democrats and two independents support.
Ordinarily, that would have left the bill with 59 votes, one short of the 60 needed to overcome the GOP filibuster, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid then made a last-minute vote change.
Democrats said that they will try again to move the bill along.