A bill for the extension of unemployment benefits up to late November is progressing after passing Senate voting, 60-40. Two Republican Senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snow of Maine have changed sides to cast their support for the bill. Just this Monday, President Obama asked the Senate to set aside politics to support the unemployed. At this point, it is expected to pass both chambers before it is sent to President Obama for signing.
After the voting, the president commended the Senate. “Today marks an important step toward passing the unemployment insurance extension which is critical to millions of Americans fighting to find a job, put food on the table and make ends meet during this tough economic time,” Obama said.
The unemployed stopped receiving their benefits in June when Congress was not able to extend the deadline for applications for extension. This time, the votes are in favor of the unemployed.
It is estimated that over 2.5 million unemployed Americans stand to benefit out of the bill that is just a few more steps from passing into legislation.