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House OKs extra benefits for jobless

National Briefing / WASHINGTON, D.C.

June 13, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The House approved a plan to give jobless workers an extra three months of unemployment benefits, but President Bush has threatened a veto.

With 49 Republicans joining a united Democratic caucus, the House approved the measure 274 to 137. It would provide an extra 13 weeks of unemployment checks to most jobless workers and 26 extra weeks to those in high-unemployment locations such as California.

Senate leaders hope to attach the bill to a measure funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, reasoning that Bush would be less likely to veto it.

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