Cloture Vote on Unemployment Extension Just 17 Days Away
Moments ago, the Senate adjourned for a two-week-long spring recess. The last act of business was to schedule a cloture vote on a House-passed measure to extend COBRA and the filing deadline for unemployment benefits through April 30. The vote is slated for Monday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Under current law, the deadline to file for additional unemployment insurance benefits arrives April 5. Without congressional action, an estimated 1 million jobless folks would lose their UI benefits in April.
The office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said they would extend the benefits retroactively.