Good news for those hoping for an unemployment extension: The House of Representatives approved a standalone measure that would extend jobless benefits to the more than one million unemployed Americans without any source of income. The House voted 270-153 in favor of the unemployment benefits extension. There were 29 Republicans in favor of the measure.
The measure still needs to be approved by the U.S. Senate.
The Senate has had a history of rejecting an unemployment extension, leaving many readers of U.S. Chronicle worried.
A reader wrote to U.S. Chronicle about her need for an unemployment extension. Unfortunately, she lost her home and declared bankruptcy.
A single mother of two from Missouri wrote, “After exhausting my savings and my 401k to keep a roof over our heads I was forced to declare bankruptcy and move in with my elderly parents in another state.”
A reader from Minnesota who was for an unemployment extension wrote, “Let see: more foreclosures, more loans in default…Is this country that stupid?”
The Senate will not be able to vote on an unemployment extension until after they return from their holiday recess.