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Good Question: Has another extension on unemployment passed?

Millions of Americans out of work have seen their unemployment benefits cut, but a vote Wednesday night could put money in their pocket in the very near future.

Good Question...Angie in Winchester writes: Has another extension on unemployment passed? When will the letters be mailed?

The battle over jobless benefits ended Wednesday night with the Senate voting to extend payment to two and half million Americans who have been out of work for more than six months.

The Senate voted 59-39 in favor of the move, with a newly sworn in Senator casting the decisive vote for a measure that comes with a $34 billion price tag.

" I feel privileged to have played a small role in helping to move this legislation forward," said Senator Carte Goodwin of West Virginia.

The House will vote Thursday where it's expected to pass and head to the President to be signed.

The measure will keep long term unemployment aid going through November and would include retroactive checks for benefits missed since June, when the program ran out.

" I mean the money is good to take care of things that I need to take care of around the house, but like I said I still need to get paid," said Malcolm Hood who is unemployed.

As for when the nearly 150,000 Kentuckians on unemployment could see payment, the Office of Employment and Training says when signed by the President they will receive instruction from the Department of Labor.

Officials in Kentucky say depending on the complexity it could take a few days to a few weeks to begin payment.

The Office of Employment and Training will alert people through the media, local offices and their website.


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