Republicans Block Measure to Extend Unemployment Benefits

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(WOIO) - The Senate rejected a plan that would have extended unemployment benefits for nearly one million Americans.

It's the third time lawmakers have been unable to pass the legislation, which would have drawn out the deadline to apply for the safety net.

Democratic leadership aides say it will likely be pulled at this point. This, after senators trimmed down the bill yet again, in an effort to mitigate the deficit increase it would cause.

Lawmakers got it down to a $33 billion dollar increase over 10 years, down from $55 billion.  
But still, it failed by a vote of 57 to 41.

It's estimated that more than one million Americans will run out of unemployment benefits this month.

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