Senate fails in attempt to renew aid for long-term jobless

|By:, SA News Editor

Senate leaders have failed to come to an agreement over extending benefits for the long-term unemployed, partly due to differences over financing the aid and how long the extension should last. Political machinations seem to be a factor as well.

The Senate is now not likely to revisit the issue, which effects 1.3M people, until late this month. The old benefits expired on December 28.