Unemployment Benefits Extension Revived!

After being sworn in Tuesday as the junior senator from West Virginia, Democrat Carte Goodwin provided the 60th vote needed to break a Republican filibuster and allow an extension of unemployment benefits to move forward.

The Senate still needs to give final approval to the bill which could happen today.

The extension doesn’t provide more benefits for those who have exhausted their 99 weeks, but it does allow for those who have been out of work for 26 weeks or more to begin to collect unemployment again. About 2 million Americans were cut off from promised benefits after the old unemployment benefits bill expired in May, a move analysts said was like “pulling the rug out from someone halfway through.”

Are you waiting for your benefits to be reinstated? Let us know. Either way, we’ll keep an eye on the issue for you.