US Senate approves jobless-benefits bill
US Senate approves jobless-benefits bill _ but the House is not inclined to accept it
Associated Press
2014-04-08 06:42 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to renew a program of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired last December.

But the 59-38 vote sends the bill to the House of Representatives, where majority Republicans are generally opposed.

The vote comes ahead of November's mid-term congressional elections, when all House seats and one-third are contested. Republicans hope to also gain control of the Senate.

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.

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