Missouri Senate Passes Extension of Jobless Benefits

7 years 8 months 19 hours ago Monday, April 11 2011 Apr 11, 2011 Monday, April 11, 2011 3:38:00 PM CDT April 11, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed legislation extending federally funded jobless benefits to thousands of people who were cut off from payments earlier this month.

The Senate's 28-5 vote Monday ratifies a deal struck last week to end a filibuster by several senators upset about the growth of federal spending.

The bill would renew Missouri's participation in a federal program that provides 20 weeks of additional benefits to people who already have been unemployed for a year and a half. But the legislation also would reduce state-funded benefits by six weeks for people hired after the bill's enactment who later get laid off.

To become law, the bill still must pass a final House vote and be signed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

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