September 23rd, 2009
01:40 PM ET
9 years ago

Extending jobless benefits: In Senate's hands

NEW YORK ( - More than a million people could receive an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits under a bill approved by the House on Tuesday.

The bill extends benefits for those living in states with jobless rates higher than 8.5%. Some 27 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, fall into this category. The national unemployment rate hit 9.7% in August, the highest in 26 years.

The legislation now moves to the Senate. While there is support for the measure on both sides of the aisle, senators may make significant changes to it. Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., is seeking to expand the bill to give additional weeks of benefits to people in all states, not just high unemployment ones, an aide said.

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, want to look at other funding approaches, said a spokesman for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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  1. Melissa

    It never ceases to amaze me how unpatriotic many Americans are. They'd rather people go homeless and hungry than help them during one of the worst economic times in recent history, and they'd rather kill people in a foreign war than spend money on providing their own fellow citizens affordable health care.

    September 23, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. ICARE

    For the past 8 years, we spent 5 trillion dollars. Had we invested that money in green energy, we would have left the world in the stone age. ... oh well.... time to reboot and I hope Obie gets his whipstick out!!

    September 23, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Well, the liberal responses are all over the map. What's wrong, can't figure out from the article who to be mad at? Try Obama and the Congressional Dummacrats who promised 3 million new jobs from the stimulus. Instead we have 3 million fewer jobs than when Obozo took office. How's that 'change' working out for you?

    September 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. snood

    So can anyone tell me when Obama is goino to declair Disaster Area for GA. people dead and still no action from the president it has been a few days now.......

    September 23, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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