New Efforts To Extend Jobless Benefits

New Efforts To Extend Jobless Benefits

Jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans will expire after Christmas. Democrats have a new strategy they hope will pressure Republican lawmakers to extend those benefits. Diane and her guests discuss the battle over unemployment insurance.

The Senate cleared a procedural hurdle yesterday on a federal budget compromise. Final congressional approval is expected and could come as early as today. But many Democrats are upset that the budget does not include an extension of unemployment insurance. That means 1.3 million Americans will stop receiving unemployment payments three days after Christmas. Some Democratic lawmakers are pushing a plan to extend the benefits, which they say are a financial lifeline for many families. Opponents argue that an extension would hurt the economy and discourage people from seeking work. A discussion of federal emergency jobless benefits and what's at stake.

Guests

Rep. Sander Levin

Democratic U.S. congressman, representing Michigan's 9th District; he's the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Fawn Johnson

correspondent, National Journal.

Chris Edwards

economist and editor of DownsizingGovernment.org, Cato Institute.

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