Jobless benefits bill set to pass Senate on Monday

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Posted: Apr 03, 2014 3:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared a final Senate hurdle before a vote on passage set for Monday.

The vote was 61-35 Thursday to advance the bill, one more than the 60 needed.

Most Republicans voted against advancing the bill, citing a Democratic refusal to permit any votes on their proposed changes.

The White House-backed legislation would resurrect a program of benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired in late December. In general, it is designed to help those who have been off the job more than 26 weeks.

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While Senate passage seems certain for Monday, the bill faces strong opposition in the Republican-controlled House. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) has made no commitment to permit a vote.