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Senate approves jobless-benefits bill _ but the House is not inclined to accept it
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, April 7, 2014 6:21 PM EDT
The Senate has passed legislation to renew a program of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired last December.
The White House-backed bill would retroactively restore benefits that were cut off in late December, and maintain them through the May. Officials say as many as 2.7 million jobless workers have been affected since the law expired late last year. If renewed, aid would total about $256 weekly, mostly going to men and women who have been off the job for longer than six months.
Passage came as a handful of House Republicans urged Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote on the Senate bill or one like it.