Senate approves bill to extend benefits for long-term unemployed


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.

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  • Tschurin
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    "where approval may be harder to come by due to concern about costs"...and to concern about what having some of the population "being on the dole" for the long term does to the outlook and motivation of those receiving the benefits, and to the outlook and motivation of those having to work for a living. Like many bills in Congress, this may be more about generating talking points for the upcoming election than about seriously dealing with a problem that called for attention several months ago.
    8 Apr 2014, 07:23 AM Reply Like
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