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YOUR THREE CENTS: Should Congress extend emergency benefits for the long-term unemployed?
The U.S. Senate yesterday voted to continue work on a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to people who haven't held a job in a while.
Long-term unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans went away at the beginning of the year when lawmakers let a previous law expire.
That law was passed in 2008 in the middle of the recession, to provide benefits to people when state benefits ran out.
The plan on the table now would provide another three months of help to people who've been out of work for more than 26 weeks.
Cost of the bill is estimated at 6-point-4 billion dollars.
The 60 to 37 vote in the Senate Tuesday had enough Republicans joining Democrats to keep the bill alive.
But Republican leaders insist that Congress find a way to pay for the extension before the bill goes any further.
Bill supporters say this is an emergency measure, and lawmakers need to move fast to help struggling families.
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