Senate postpones test vote on jobless benefits extension

By Balitang America Staff

Jan. 6, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid held off on a key procedural vote originally scheduled for Monday on a $6.4 billion plan to give a three-month extension on long-term unemployment insurance benefits for eligible workers.

The vote was rescheduled for Tuesday.

The move to delay the vote comes after President Barack Obama is challenging lawmakers to act fast on the issue.

Around 1.3 million Americans saw those benefits expire in December. They included up to 47 weeks of supplemental payments.

President Obama says he would sign legislation renewing the benefits for another three months.

He says congress should not abandon struggling families.

Opponents argue that extending unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed will only lessen their incentive to look for a job.

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