About an hour ago the Senate passed to extend Unemployment Benefits for an additional 7 months. Read the full text below and links to support it.
Senate extends jobless benefits
1 hour ago
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Senate on Thursday extended unemployment benefits by an extra seven weeks, in a bid to mitigate the impact of rising job losses as the economic crisis deepens.
The move, already passed by the House of Representatives, provides an extra seven weeks of unemployment insurance to workers whose benefits have expired for a total of 46 weeks.
The bill, passed on a unanimous voice vote, also offers 13 more weeks of benefits for unemployed workers in states where there is high unemployment, for a total of up to 59 weeks.
Veteran Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy, who was in the chamber on Thursday despite battling brain cancer, said the Senate had done the right thing.
“Today’s action is a vital step in repairing the tattered safety net for the millions of families struggling during these harsh economic times,” he said in a statement.
“But there is still much to be done, and I look forward to working with our new president and the new Congress early next year to do all we can to heal our stricken economy.”