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Senate passes insurance extension for longterm jobless

An applicant goes through paperwork at a Manhattan job fair on January 17, 2013 in New York CityThe US Senate voted Monday to restore unemployment benefits for nearly three million Americans, sending the legislation to the House of Representatives, where the emergency aid is opposed by many Republicans. Six Republicans joined the Democratic majority in voting for the benefits, which lawmakers have jousted over for four months. Democrats and Republicans have debated repeatedly how the nearly $10 billion cost of the program would be covered. President Barack Obama has long called for restoration of the benefits he called a “vital economic lifeline,” and while he praised Monday’s bipartisan vote he pressed the House to take action.

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