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Renewal of jobless benefits clears Senate hurdle

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 were needed to prevail - the Democratic-led 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.

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