Senate Passes Tax Compromise With Full-Year Renewal of Federal Unemployment Benefits

By a vote of 81 to 19 the U.S. Senate today approved a tax compromise measure that includes a 13-month reauthorization of the federal unemployment insurance programs.  The bill would restore emergency federal funding to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB) programs that provide benefits to eligible unemployed job-seekers who have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks.  Those benefits can extend unemployment compensation for an additional 34 to 73 weeks beyond the 26 weeks of regular state benefits, depending on the state.  The reauthorization would be retroactive to December 1, 2010 so that benefits that had lapsed already for more than a million jobless workers would be restored.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, which reportedly will take up the measure later today or tomorrow.  You can find your Member of the U.S. House of Representatives here.  You can call toll-free 1-877-662-2889 and tell them to support the full-year reauthorization of the federal unemployment benefit programs.

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