Stand-Alone Unemployment Bill Passes

Posted June 12, 2008 at 2:55pm

After failing to do so last night, the House on Thursday passed stand-alone legislation to extend unemployment benefits, with Democrats narrowly securing enough votes to override a promised presidential veto.

By a vote of 274-137, lawmakers approved the bill to extend unemployment insurance by 13 weeks in all states and by up to 26 weeks in states with high unemployment.

Now, the Senate will be handed a political hot potato in deciding whether to move a stand-alone measure or include the bill in the war supplemental. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he doesn’t think Republicans will allow debate on a stand-alone measure to move forward.