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Senate vote today on extension of unemployment benefits

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate — which returned to the capital today after the long holiday break — is expected to vote Tuesday on a 3-month extension of a program providing extra unemployment benefits to 1.3 million Americans.

The Senate had been expected to vote as one of its first acts today, but with many members not yet returned to Washington, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid agreed to postpone the vote to Tuesday morning.

That program, known as Emergency Unemployment Compensation or EUC, ended Dec. 28 but Democrats have made passing another extension a priority. About 45,000 Michiganders lost EUC benefits when the program ended.

Tuesday’s vote is a procedural one, but it is important: It will tell whether there are enough Republicans in support to cross the needed 60-vote threshold to move forward with an extension.

Democrats are believed to have 56 votes in favor — including that of Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., a co-sponsor of the extension — but it is unclear if there are four more Republican votes to cross the procedural hurdle. In the House, Republican leaders have said they would only consider another extension if its cost — about $25-billion a year — is made up somehow, throwing it into doubt in that chamber no matter how the vote goes in the Senate.

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Mike DeVine/Joe For America

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  • bayman61

    “In the House, Republican leaders have said they would only consider another extension if its cost — about $25-billion a year — is made up somehow, throwing it into doubt in that chamber no matter how the vote goes in the Senate.”
    Maybe if they took back the 30 per cent increase in benefits that they gave those on welfare, who do not work and are not required to look for work, they could afford the extension.
    A 30 per cent increase in welfare benefits? Those on Social Security only got a 1.? per cent increase in their benefits. Why is there plenty of money for those on welfare and nothing for those who have worked and paid their taxes to keep this country running? On welfare you sign up one time and receive benefits for ever, it seems. No weekly filing, no requirement to seek work. Unemployment you only receive benefits for 26 weeks and then you are on your own, unlike those on welfare. They get theirs month after month, year after year, generation after generation. Why is that?

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