Senate Democrats are poised to approve bill extending jobless benefits

Senate Democrats said they nearly have the votes to overcome Republican opposition and pass a bill that would extend unemployment benefits for people who have been out of work for six months or more. The arrival of a Democratic senator replacing Sen. Robert Byrd, who died in June, was expected to give Democrats the last vote they needed to bring the issue to the floor of the Senate for a final vote. Once an extension to unemployment benefits has been passed, other tax legislation, including the tax extenders bill, is expected to be voted on.

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