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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:38 PM

Majority Of Senate Democrats Support Extending Unemployment Benefits For Millions Of Americans

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/12/04/1281351/senate-democrats-unemployment-insurance/

Majority Of Senate Democrats Support Extending Unemployment Benefits For Millions Of Americans

Without an extension, two million unemployed workers will lose their federal unemployment insurance benefits at year’s end. Congress has never allowed unemployment benefits to expire with the unemployment rate as high as it is today.
President Obama’s plan to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” included an extension of unemployment benefits. And now Senate Democrats are hopping on board, according to The Hill:
A majority of Senate Democrats are backing a yearlong extension of federal unemployment benefits that are set to expire at the end of the year.
Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) and 41 of his 53 colleagues are lining up behind a proposal to extend the federal benefits program through 2013, according to a letter sent to Senate leaders on Monday.
“We are writing to express our deep concern regarding the expiration of federal support for unemployment insurance at the end of the year,” they wrote.
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List of senators signingthis letter

Besides Reed, 41 senators signed the letter:
Ron Wyden (Ore.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Daniel Akaka (Hawaii), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Barbara Mikulski (Md.), John Kerry (Mass.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Tom Udall (N.M.), Carl Levin (Mich.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Al Franken (Minn.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Jean Shaheen (N.H.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Robert Menendez (N.J.), Herb Kohl (Wis.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.), Chris Coons (Del.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Ben Cardin (Md.), Jim Webb (Va.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Mark Warner (Va.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Jeff Bingaman (N.M.), Patty Murray (Wash.), Kay Hagan (N.C.) and Daniel Inouye (Hawaii).

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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:42 PM

1. In exchange for continuing the Bush tax cuts (as was done last time) ? n/t

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