Senate Advances Unemployment Extension Bill
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- Last month 1.3 million Americans were left without unemployment benefits but now there's renewed hope the benefits will be extended for more than 110,000 New Yorkers.
Today, the U.S. Senate cleared the way for a final vote on the extension of emergency federal unemployment benefits. The Senate bill includes 6.4 billion dollars of funding for a three month extension to unemployment insurance. It's a top priority for Democrats - but has a lot of Republican objection. Many argue that the costs of extending the benefits should be paid for by making cuts elsewhere.
Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer had some tough words for his Republican colleagues.
"The fundamental question is: are they going through a charade to show they really, really want a bill but they just can't come to an agreement? Or can we have serious negations and get something done? We hope it's the latter. If our Republican colleagues continue to play games with this, they'll show how far out of the mainstream they really are," said Schumer.
The vote is expected to be held in the Senate later this week. No word yet on when the House will take up its own measure.