Move to renew jobless benefits progresses in Senate

|By:, SA News Editor

The Senate has passed a procedural motion by 60-37 that will allow the chamber to start debating a proposal to renew benefits for the long-term jobless by three months at a cost of $6B+.

The benefits expired last month, affecting 1.3M people.

The Senate could vote on the bill this week and send it to the House, although it would probably need a deal over funding and to possibly include measures for helping get people back to work for representatives to agree to it.