Deal reached in Senate to renew jobless benefits

Reid walks to address reporters after the weekly Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan deal to renew long-term jobless benefits for more than 2 million Americans was reached on Thursday by a group of 10 U.S. senators, five Democrats and five Republicans. Sponsors of the legislation said they expect to have more than enough votes to pass the measure when the Senate returns from its week-long recess, set to begin on Friday. If and when the Democratic-led Senate passes the bill, it would go to the Republican-led House of Representatives for final approval. He and Republican Senator Dean Heller of Nevada are chief sponsors of the legislation.

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