Senate OKs More Jobless Benefits
But Boehner spokesman says House isn't interested
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2014 6:22 PM CDT
Updated Apr 7, 2014 6:40 PM CDT
This March 26, 2014 file photo shows House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File])

(Newser) – After months of knocking heads, the US Senate voted today 59-38 to revive jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed—but the bill's fate in the House looks hazy at best, the AP reports. A small group of GOP senators quickly reached out to House Speaker John Boehner, urging him to restore benefits to as many as 2.7 million jobless Americans who saw assistance expire last year. But a Boehner spokesman said that would hinge on the bill adding "more private sector jobs," which Senate Democrats "ruled out" last week.

That apparently refers to a GOP proposal, nixed by Democrats, to permit construction of the Keystone oil pipeline and make several changes to ObamaCare, the AP notes. Senate Democrats did make other concessions, however, such as offsetting the bill's $9.6 billion cost with other spending cuts in the budget. If House Republicans somehow approve the bill, it will retroactively restore benefits that were stopped in December and keep them going through the end of May—but it will take weeks to get the programs working again, an advocate tells CNN.

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Apr 10, 2014 5:51 PM CDT
These liberal losers miraculously survived without Obama, Democrats murdering one more 9, 10 year old white girl or mo money b's out da question.
Carolyn Troiano
Apr 9, 2014 10:03 AM CDT
Too bad Reid isn't doing any more "Piglet" voice-overs in those Winnie-the-Pooh movies. Anything to get him out of the Senate and reduce the damage he wreaks.
Apr 8, 2014 9:32 PM CDT
How about small and medium business loans without all the red tape to create jobs. Reps and Dems are not willing to fix America's problems just add fresh lipstick to the pigs.