Friday, November 19, 2010

BLOCKED: Costly Unemployment Aid Extension.. by Brian Faler Nov. 18, 2010

Blocked: Costly Unemployment Aid Extension
Written by CAA Politics on November 18, 2010, 05:15 PM

A bill to extend jobless benefits for three months was defeated today in the U.S. House, increasing the odds that some of the nation’s long-term unemployed will start losing aid.

The measure fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval under an expedited process. The vote on the bill was 258 in favor, 154 opposed.

Republican lawmakers complained that the bill’s $12 billion cost would be added to the government’s budget deficit. They demanded offsetting savings elsewhere in the budget.

The vote was a replay of a partisan dispute earlier this year that led to benefits being cut off for some jobless people for more than a month. Aid again is set to expire Nov. 30 for some of the unemployed.

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