senate set to extend jobless benefits

Senate Set to Extend Jobless Benefits

Jul 19th, 2010 – Wall Street Journal

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WASHINGTON-The Senate, after weeks of contentious debate, is poised to extend unemployment benefits Tuesday for more than 2.5 million Americans.

The issue has become a flash point in the parties’ attempts to define themselves for the fall election campaigns. Congress has voted six times since June 2008 to extend benefits, but Republican resistance has grown along with concerns about the deficit.

GOP senators say they want to help the jobless but that the extended benefits must be paid for so as not to add to the deficit. Democrats say the spending is justified, given the struggles of the long-term unemployed …

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