Congressional negotiators have completed work on the military portion of a plan to finance the U.S. government and avoid a second shutdown in four months, said House Appropriations Committee member Ken Calvert.
President Barack Obama said extending emergency unemployment insurance will give a “vital economic lifeline” to millions of people still grappling with the aftermath of the worst recession since the 1930s.
A Senate vote tomorrow to advance legislation extending emergency unemployment benefits is part of a broader agenda Democrats are rolling out in a bid to bolster their fortunes in the November midterm elections.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pressed Republicans to support a three-month extension of emergency longer-term unemployment benefits, something Republicans say they could support only if Democrats find a way to pay for it.
Laura Walker, a 63-year-old paralegal, has been looking for work since January, when she was laid off from a California law firm. Until today, she could count on $450 a week in federal unemployment benefits for help.
Laura Walker, a 63-year-old paralegal, is looking for work, applying for at least three jobs a week since January, when she was laid off. Until today, she could count on $450 a week in federal unemployment benefits for help.