Senate approves bill to extend benefits for long-term unemployed

|By:, SA News Editor

The Senate has passed a bill that extends benefits for 2.8M people who have been out of work for at least six months, with the measure receiving support from several prominent Republicans.

The bill would restore the payout for five months retroactive to December, when it expired.

The legislation now goes to the House, where approval may be harder to come by due to concern about costs.