Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., cited the bad December jobless numbers as a reason Congress should extend federal unemployment insurance. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer, Harry Reid and Richard Durbin (from left) speak after Senate Democrats voted to take the bite out of the filibuster. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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A thumbs-up in thanks: Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on the floor of the House today. Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jimmy Stewart in a scene from the 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. AP hide caption

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