WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of people stuck on the jobless rolls
would receive an extension of unemployment benefits averaging $309
a week under a Senate bill that appears set to break free of a
Democrats have stripped the unemployment insurance measure down to the bare essentials for Tuesday's vote, which is a do-over of a
tally taken late last month.
West Virginia Democrat Carte Goodwin, who is taking over the
seat of the late Robert Byrd, is providing the 60th vote needed to
vault the measure over the filibuster in a procedural vote.
If all goes as expected, about 2.5 million people will receive
jobless benefits retroactively.
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