three times in the past. today, though, democrats believe things will be different. marilyn green is a missouri lawyer, who lost her job and now fears losing her unemployment benefits. the $320 she's received each week for more than a year. >> i'm an attorney who can't even get a job in a retail store. >> reporter: when her payments end, she will join 2.5 million americans who have lost their unemployment checks. unless congress extends the payments. >> it's time to stop holding workers laid off in this recession hostage to washington politics. >> reporter: president obama blames republicans for blocking extensions three times. te, hasn the senate, has used parliamentary maneuvers to block a vote. denying millions of people out of work much-needed relief. >> reporter: republicans say they have a $34 billion plan funded by cuts to other programs. >> how is it paid for? >> with stimulus money. >> i object. >> reporter: this afternoon, the president is likely to get his wish, when a new democratic senator from west virginia wiln be sworn in. that gives democrats 60 votes to pass the bill.
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