Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — Senators retreated to their partisan corners after the chamber failed to advance a Democratic plan to restore emergency jobless benefits that expired Dec. 28 for 1.3 million Americans.

With no solution in sight, Democrats accused Republicans of ignoring the plight of the long-term unemployed, while Republicans said Democrats weren't working in good faith to strike a compromise.

"Is this about a sound bite, or is this about actually extending unemployment benefits?" North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, part of a group of Republicans who had been negotiating with Democrats, said after yesterday's 55-45 vote.

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