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Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) talks to reporters before heading into a members-only classified briefing about Syria at the U.S. Capitol September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Earlier this week, Congress failed to extend unemployment benefits for people who've been out of work in the long-term. The proposal on the table was to provide assistance past the usual 26 weeks that are available.
But lawmakers deadlocked in negotiations. That leaves 1.3 million people without help until Congress reconvenes later this month and resumes talks. For more, we're joined by California Senator Barbara Boxer.