April 15th, 2010
06:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Senate extends jobless benefits

New York (CNNMoney.com) - The Senate voted Thursday to push back the deadline to file for extended unemployment benefits until June 2.

The $18 billion measure now returns to the House for a final vote, which is scheduled for later Thursday.

More than 200,000 jobless Americans were expected to stop receiving benefits last week after lawmakers let the April 5 deadline pass. Checks would be retroactive to that date.

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Filed under: Jobs • Senate • unemployment
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's the right thing to do, not all Americans want to be unemployed and living off benefits. Unemployment affects all ethnic groups and their children because if it weren't for the Grace of God, it could be you are I.

    April 15, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Capt. Snarky

    Did they follow the Paygo rules, or did they just add it on to the deficit? To me, it sounds like they added to the deficit.......

    So much for PayGo.......................................................

    April 15, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    This is testament to the failure of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act...Obama's Economic Stimulus Bill. This was a program shoved down our throats by the Democrats against strong opposition by the Republicans and so many Americans. Obama is so good at apologizing to other countries...isn't it about time he apologized to us?

    April 15, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Pkm

    My god the senate wiil work together now lets hope that congress hasa heart good job

    April 15, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Daniel

    For those who say this is welfare well so be it, my wife has been out of a job for over a year and we are raising a 18 month old, with my job and her unemployment we can barely afford to live in an apartment...so if this is welfare then let it be, i say its the government helping out its people in the worst recession this generation

    April 15, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Barack reads his lies, unions thrive, government and debt grows, while our future has become dire.

    Obama has a lot to brag about next time he reads his teleprompter;

    High Unemployment nearing 10% (actual about 20% if you include those that have given up).

    New record for Bankruptcies filed by small businesses.

    New record for rate of Foreclosures.

    New record for national debt.

    Obama will likely go down as our worst President in our history.

    His policies belong in Cuba, Russia and North Korea. He is about as un-American a President as anyone can elect. An ideologue that is destroying this once great country.

    April 15, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. SLM

    Just like Welfare permanent incentive NOT to work or try to do anything. Government will take care of you forever...........at the expense of everyone else. Democrats think money grows on trees or that the rich can support all this spending.

    April 15, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. Susan

    If no jobs, why bring thousands of foreign highly skilled workers like engineers, doctors, nurses, every year? like from INDIA, etc - does this make sense??? If towns and cities are struggling with jobs, debts, why oh why, bring in thousands of foreign refugee from countries like Somalia, etc.. where on taxpayers backs.. these refugees get free everything, food, healthcare,education, weekly allowances, paid translators.. FOR WHAT? does this make any sense? Atleast illegal aliens work like horses, while most needy americans, usually lazy get free food stamps instead of doing difficult manual labor.. even on high wages!

    April 15, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. tom britt

    change it to senate family members extenshion and the bastards will extend it forever. or bankers extenshion and thell make it forever and a day with a bonus for cashing the check. o yes it also retroactive to 11BC.

    April 15, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Good, people are out of work and need help!

    April 15, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. mother in Pa

    With additional extentions, the burdon placed on small businesses to cover this cost olnly hinders job creation. What could be the salary for individuals goes for additional taxes. Has anyone wondered how small businesses can continue to operate under the taxation of this administration? Businesses may not be laying off but they certainly cannot afford to replace those they had to cut when the economy tanked.

    April 15, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |