Power Breakfast: Extending jobless benefits, governor’s race, Pepsi and Coke, housing, BP, Fed chief

It looks like it’s going to be a big day for jobless benefits.

The Senate cleared the way Tuesday for more unemployment pay to reach millions of Americans who have been out of work for six months or more, the New York Times reports.

Minutes after Carte P. Goodwin was sworn in as the new Democratic senator from West Virginia to replace the late Robert Byrd, the Senate voted 60 to 40 to break a partisan logjam and end debate over the jobless pay, the Times writes. That overrided Republican objections that the $34 billion cost of the additional compensation should not be added to the deficit.

The Senate must still give final approval to the unemployment bill, though the procedural victory assured passage as early as Wednesday, the Times reports. The House was expected to give quick final approval followed by the signature of President Obama.

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bankrupt nation

July 21st, 2010
10:17 am

if you’re drawing for two or three years, honestly u need to move in a different direction.there is no hiring going on anywhere and unemployment benes will buy u a little time,but if things are deteriorating as rapidly as there are there is no end game

american citizen

July 21st, 2010
7:06 pm

maybe everyone should take a look at what they have been allowing our own country to do. we allow foreigners to come into our country, take our jobs and our social security benefits….we allow for foreign cars and the companies to come into our country and build plants however they don’t allow our cars/companies into theirs……..yes our country needs to think of their own for once!!!!! there is no one hiring!! you might think there are some out there doing so with jobs listed online however when you fill out an application there really wasn’t anything there after all. and you say move into another direction….well if you move into another direction you are grouped with the other people with NO EXPERIENCE!!! not easy for someone wroking for construction companies to get a job at a target or somewhere else. they are going to chose the lazy high schooler over the hard worker who is out of a job!!!!!! and everyone is making people apply online and let a computer decide if someone is qualified or not!!!!! we should help out our own BORN AMERICAN CITIZENS!!!