U.S. Senate approves more benefits for the unemployed

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 6:24 AM | Leave Comment

Yesterday, on Wednesday, the United States Senate voted unanimously to approve up to 20 more weeks of unemployment benefits. The folks who have been out of work a long time will be most benefited from the resolution. The measure will increase to 99 weeks, or nearly two years, the maximum length of time that a jobless worker can get benefits in some states.

As early as today – Thursday, the House is expected to approve the Senate version, which differs from the measure it passed six weeks ago, so the legislation can be signed into law by President Obama.

“This is serious business, and we ought to get on with it,” Republican senator, George V. Voinovich of Ohio said in an interview. “We’ve got to keep these families together so they don’t fall through the cracks. I mean, this is what keeps them going so they get through this period.”

The Senate bill would extend benefits by 14 weeks nationwide for those whose relief has run out, and up to 20 weeks in states – 26 currently – where the unemployment rate is over 8.5 percent.

Moral of the story
This is obviously good news for folks who have been jobless for quite some time. It’s some relief to families that are affected by the absence of jobs.

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