Missouri House overrides Nixon's veto on unemployment cuts
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri's Republican-controlled House has voted to override a veto of a measure that would cut the weeks of available jobless benefits to one of the lowest amounts in the U.S.
House members voted 109-53 for the measure, which also needs a two-thirds majority in the Senate to win final approval.
The bill vetoed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon would cut the weeks of benefits available for laid-off workers from the current 20 to as low as 13 if the statewide unemployment rate remains below 6 percent.
Only Florida and North Carolina have minimums lower than 13 weeks, but those would kick in only if state unemployment drops below 5 percent.
Democrats say the bill will hurt those who struggle to find work. Republicans say it will reduce costs for employers.