(CNN) - Carte Goodwin will be sworn in Tuesday afternoon as the new senator from West Virginia, temporarily filling the seat formerly held by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
The Democrat is expected to cast a key vote when the U.S. Senate considers extending unemployment benefits later in the day.
A Republican filibuster has prevented Democrats from ending debate on the measure, but with Goodwin's vote and support from two Republicans, Democrats believe they can overcome the GOP maneuver.
The time has come to get rid of all republicans who refuse to help Americans. This crap about jobless benefits adding to the deficit, and the lies that tax cuts to the wealthy pay for themselves is the epitome of hypocrisy. The republicans unfunded wars and unfunded drug plans have ballooned the national debt, and republicans refuse to support programs, like health reform, that will lower it. Thank God for Democrats!
I am sure DeMint will somehow get to put a hold on the confirmation, taking the opposite side of the issue with Scott Brown.
Remember it is West Virginia to the rescue. It is the state of the people.