The emergency laws extending unemployment benefits beyond the traditional 26 weeks expired, forcing about 1.3 million jobless off the insurance program at year's end. More unemployed will lose their benefits as the year progresses and they surpass their states’ normal timeline.
President Obama praised Senate over move to extend the jobless benefits and said. “If this doesn’t get fixed, it will hurt about 14 million Americans over the course of this year.Congress should pass this bipartisan plan right away and I will sign it right away ”
The final outcome will be determined during negotiations over the next few days.