Extension of Jobless Benefits One Step Closer to Passage

Congress has approved legislation to restore unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more, ending a seven-week interruption that caused 2 1/2 million people to lose unemployment benefits averaging about $300 a week.

The 272-152 House vote today will send the measure to President Obama, who has promised to quickly sign it. The House vote came less than 24 hours after a mostly party-line Senate vote yesterday on the measure, which is just one piece of a larger Democratic jobs agenda that has otherwise mostly collapsed after months of battles with Republicans.

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