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Lawmakers debate unemployment benefits
Today, the Senate passed a bill that would restore long-term unemployment benefits to 2.3 million Americans.
The bill was the first major piece of legislation that Democrats sent to the floor of the Senate this year.
Six Senate Republicans signed on to the $9 billion measure last Friday.
The legislation now goes to the house, where it has an uncertain future.
Speaker, John Boehner, has said he has concerns about the bill, and top Republicans have yet to say whether the Chamber will even consider it.
"The President and the Senate Democrats continue to ignore the dozens oh House passed bills that would actually create more jobs in our country."
The Senate bill would fund federal jobless benefits through the end of May, including back payments of missed unemployment checks since December.