Senate Passes 30 Day Unemployment Benefit Extension

With the help of Republican Senator George Voinovich of Ohio, the Senate today passed an amendment that would extend  the EUC program for another thirty days.

Because days were added to the original extension that had already passed by the House,  it now needs to go back to the House for approval there.  Had days not been added, the current extension would be effective for only two weeks.

In the meantime, more and more unemployed Americans are losing their benefits. A longer extension, through the end of the year, is under consideration. Both houses of Congress have passed bills containing an unemployment benefit extension through the end of this year, but have not yet reconciled the two versions of the bills.

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