Unemployment benefits clear Senate hurdle


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Updated: 1/07 11:17 am Published: 1/07 11:13 am


WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt.

The vote Tuesday was 60-37 to limit debate on the legislation, with a half-dozen Republicans siding with the Democrats.

At the same time, Senate Republicans served notice they would attempt to change the measure so the $6.4 billion cost would not add to deficits - a step that Democrats have so far rejected.

As drafted, the bill would restore between 14 weeks and 47 weeks of benefits averaging $256 weekly to an estimated 1.3 million long-term jobless who were affected when the program expired Dec. 28. Without action by Congress, thousands more each week would feel the impact as their state-funded benefits expire, generally after 26 weeks.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/7/2014 12:35 PM
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Create jobs. That pays more taxes. If there are fewer jobs then naturally there are fewer taxes paid. More jobs = More retail
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