July 20, 2010
By a vote of 60-39 the Senate succeeded in passing the jobless aid measure just minutes after Goodwin formally became a member of the Senate. Democratic Senators in the chamber erupted in applause when Goodwin cast the decisive vote.
For weeks the Senate had been locked in a standoff on helping the nation’s jobless, with both parties supporting an extension of the benefits but disagreeing on how to pay for them. Democrats argued that helping 2.5 million unemployed Americans is an emergency as the country rebounds from recession, but Republicans balked at the bill’s $34 billion price tag, contending that adding tens of billions of dollars to the government’s soaring deficit is fiscally irresponsible.