The House on Friday approved legislation to extend the filing deadline for emergency unemployment benefits through November. It does not create new benefits.
The vote was 215 to 204. The bill — which also extends a number of tax breaks set to expire shortly — now moves to the Senate, which will take up the proposal after lawmakers return June 7 from their Memorial Day recess. In the meantime, the filing deadline for UI benefits will expire June 2.
In a separate vote, House lawmakers also passed a bill to prevent Medicare doctors from receiving a 21 percent pay cut at the end of the month. That proposal, too, won’t be considered by the Senate until after the recess.