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Washington Labor & Employment Wire » Congress Passes Extension of Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Congress Passes Extension of Unemployment Insurance Benefits


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On November 5, 2009 the House approved the Senate’s amended version of H.R. 3548 by a 403-12 vote. The Senate approved the legislation one day earlier by a vote of 98-0.

The bill amends the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008 to provide additional temporary emergency unemployment compensation. It is the fourth extension of unemployment benefits that Congress has passed in the last 18 months. If enacted into law, the bill will provide an additional 14 weeks of unemployment compensation in all states, plus an additional six weeks of compensation in states where the three-month average unemployment rate is 8.5% or higher.

This final vote by the House sends the bill to President Obama. The White House has already announced the President’s intention to sign the bill into law Friday morning. H.R. 3548 is sponsored by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) and was initially introduced in the House on September 10, 2009.