Senate Democrats reach deal on extending benefits

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 8 at 2:14 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have reached a deal to extend unemployment insurance benefits to workers in every state who are in danger of seeing their benefits run dry in the coming weeks.

The agreement would give an additional 14 weeks of benefits to jobless workers in all 50 states. Workers in states with an unemployment rate at 8.5 percent or above would receive six weeks on top of that.

The House last month approved legislation that gives 13 weeks of extended benefits, but only in those 27 states that have unemployment rates of at least 8.5 percent.

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