Unemployment benefits extension considered as part of jobs creation bill

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had previously expressed interest in the possibility of extending unemployment benefits through 2010. In a new conference yesterday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said now that the House has passed its own version of heath care reform, they will move onto a “jobs-creation” package, with unemployment benefits extension in the mix of possibilities.

According to CongressDaily:

‘Hoyer said the measure would focus on public jobs, job-creation tax credits, infrastructure projects and assistance to state governments.

“There are a lot of options available,” said Hoyer. “We’re discussing with economic advisers as to what is the most effective, and frankly there are differences of opinion on that.” He said the legislation ought to address another extension of unemployment insurance and adjustments to the health-insurance program that provides coverage to those who recently lost their jobs.’

When can we expect the House to move on this legislation? Hoyer said that he hopes to have committees put something together for a floor vote by December 18th, when the House is expected to adjourn for the year.

What do you think about this potential move by the House to address another federal unemployment benefits extension as well as jobs creation?

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