Republicans will block jobless benefits until tax cuts pass

Senate Republicans in the U.S. said they will shut down action on all legislation, including extension of unemployment benefits, until Bush-era tax cuts are extended. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., objected on behalf of his party to a spending measure that requires unanimous consent to move to the floor, effectively blocking a vote on continuing unemployment benefits. The Labor Department said checks will immediately stop for 800,000 people, with the number growing to 2 million by Jan 1.

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Christian Science Monitor, The · Hill, The · Politico (Washington, D.C.)

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