Senate Reaches Jobless Benefits Deal

Senate Reaches Jobless Benefits Deal

The bipartisan deal aims to extend benefits for two million Americans

by The Grio, March 14, 2014

Senate Reaches Jobless Benefits Deal

A bipartisan group of senators ended a long-running election-season standoff and struck a compromise that would extend jobless benefits for 2 million Americans who have been out of work the longest, the lawmakers said Thursday.

Should the Senate approve the election-year measure — as seemed likely — it would throw the issue to the Republican-run House. Its fate there was uncertain. The timing of a Senate vote also was unclear.

Two leaders of the negotiations —Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Dean Heller, R-Nev. — said in a statement that the deal would be retroactive to the end of last year, when the emergency benefits program expired. Since then, the benefits have ended for roughly 2 million people.

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