master political analyst
- Dec 3, 2009
- Reaction score
- The Golden State
- Political Leaning
Democrats to give jobless benefits another vote
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of people stuck on the jobless rolls would receive an extension of unemployment benefits averaging $309 a week under a Senate bill that appears set to break free of a Republican filibuster.
Partisan Republicans have been rubbing their collective hands in glee as they anticipate big wins in November. They could, indeed, gain some seats, as the voters are none too happy with the current Congress, but it seems unlikely that they will forget about this particular vote.If all goes as expected, about 2.5 million people will receive jobless benefits retroactively, injecting almost $3 billion into the economy once they're paid out.