House Votes To Extend Unemployment Benefits

By: AP
By: AP

The House has voted to extend -- for a month -- a series of programs set to expire Sunday, including unemployment benefits and subsidies to help pay health premiums through the COBRA program.

The bill passed the House on a voice vote Thursday evening and was sent to the Senate.

It is a stopgap measure to continue existing programs while lawmakers decide how to address the issues long-term. The bill, which would cost about $10 billion, would extend highway funding and would spare doctors from a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments. It would extend a small business loan program and the copyright license used by satellite television providers.

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