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Unemployment benefit extension bill expected to pass today

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After weeks of negotiations and debate it looks like a controversial unemployment extension plan will pass the Senate Tuesday afternoon. The late Senator Robert Byrd's replacement is going to be sworn-in Tuesday. Carte Goodwin will be taking his West Virginia seat and he is expected to be the crucial 60th vote on this long delayed bill. A quick note about Goodwin, to get him into the seat an emergency measure was passed by both the House and Senate. It sets an August primary and a November 2nd general election to find a permanent replacement for Byrd.

The GOP has been very against this bill, slamming the President, saying it is just too costly. They say it will cost around $34 billion dollars and they think there should be a way to fund the extension by either the stimulas package or by making budget cuts. Now if it is passed the unemployment package which expired on June 2nd would be extended until November 30th. If all goes as expected and this is passed about 2.5 million people will receive jobless benefits retroactively. There will not be any help for those people who have received the maximum 99 weeks of unemployment benefits.

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