The unemployment extension that expired a week ago won a key Senate vote on Tuesday.
The U.S. Senate passed the unemployment extension, which affects 1.3 million Americans, with a vote of 60 to 37. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) has been the subject of debate between Republicans and Democrats. Democrats wanted to extend the EUC, but Republicans argued agasint extending a program that cost $25 billion a year, reports the Detroit Free Press.
“Extending unemployment benefits will provide relief for now, but this is just another short-term fix,” Terri Lynn Land, who may be the Democratic party’s nominee for U.S. Senate, told the Detroit Free Press.
The unemployment extension passed with the help of six republicans, including Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana.
If a permanent solution isn’t agreed on for the unemployment extension, then 1.9 million may lose their unemployment benefits in the summer.
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