Coming from D.C., the Associated Press is reporting that the Senate has come to a deal to continue unemployment benefits for those who have been out of work the longest. The extension is for five months to more than 2 million jobless people and was decided Thursday.
There has been $9.7 billion dollars that looks to be approved by the Senate in late March. If the approval goes through, its passing will be left to the House.
The reasoning behind the length of time to pass this extension is to show that both Democrats and Republicans alike are trying to create jobs to help support those who need them most.
Another positive light if these benefits are passed will be that the deal will go back to December 28, 2013 when the last benefits expired.
"We're not at the finish line yet, but this is a bipartisan breakthrough," Jack Reed, Democrat- R.I. said.
Dean Heller, Republican-Nevada stated his enjoyment that, “Democrats and Republicans have come together on a proposal that will finally give Americans certainty about their unemployment benefits."