Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) filibusters the Obama-GOP tax-cut compromise on Friday. C-SPAN.org hide caption

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Job applicants stand in a snaking line in Hanahan, S.C., in April 2009 as they wait to get into a job fair. A short-term extension of jobless benefits for some 2 million long-term unemployed expired at midnight Tuesday as Democrats and Republicans in Congress failed to agree on how those benefits should be further extended. Alan Hawes/The Post and Courier/AP hide caption

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Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has said he will oppose consideration of an arms-control treaty with Russia known as New START during the lame-duck session. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama has said tax cuts on family income under $250,000 a year should be made permanent. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Nevadans vote early at the Meadows Mall in Las Vagas on Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is locked in a tight race against Republican Sharron Angle, who is backed by the Tea Party. Ethan Miller/Getty hide caption

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President Bush signs the 2003 tax cut package at the White House. With Bush are then-Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, Treasury Secretary John Snow, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Bill Frist, and House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Bill Thomas. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada gestures during a news conference on Thursday, the last day before the Senate's summer recess. The majority Democrats were determined not to leave empty-handed, as both parties gird for potentially game-changing midterm elections. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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President Obama is greeted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada during an event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Friday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave in to pressures to balance the budget in 1937, unemployment almost doubled. Currently, Democrats are pushing for more government spending to help stimulate the economy and ease unemployment. AP hide caption

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