Mo. Senate Leaders to Try Again on Jobless Benefit
JEFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Senate leaders plan to take another try at passing legislation to extend unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for a year and a half.
Eligibility for the federally funded benefits expired last Saturday in Missouri, because four Republican senators have been filibustering state legislation to reauthorize the program.
As a result, about 10,000 people in Missouri are losing benefits, and about 24,000 others could miss out on the additional 20 weeks of benefits offered under the program.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey -- a Republican -- said Monday he plans to bring the bill up again, perhaps Thursday, with the hope of re-enacting the benefits retroactively. Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer says he hopes the bill eventually will come to a vote.