Senate Moves Closer to Extending Unemployment Benefits
The Senate is on the verge of passing a bill extending unemployment benefits up to 20 weeks nationwide, after lawmakers on Monday easily hopped the procedural hurdle bringing debate on the legislation to an end.
Under Senate rules, Democratic leaders have to wait at least 30 hours before staging the final vote, unless Republican leaders agree to an earlier time. Without such an agreement, the final vote will likely take place Wednesday morning.
Afterward, House leaders — who passed a less generous extension in September — would have to approve the Senate bill before it could move to the White House for the president’s signature.
Meanwhile, an estimated 7,000 Americans are losing their benefits each day.