House Fails to Pass an Unemployment Extension Bill

The House failed to pass an unemployment deadline extension today since the body fell short of the two-thirds vote required to pass the bill to the Senate.

Unemployment Extension 2010, Tier 5, & 99ers Denied Benefits: Congress

There were 258 lawmakers who voted in favor of an unemployment extension; 154 voted against it.

If the bill was passed by both the House and Senate, and signed off by President Barack Obama, it would have extended the deadline to file for federal emergency benefits to February.

If an extension is not passed soon, an estimated two million people are expected to lose their unemployment benefits within the coming weeks.

It is unclear when the House will discuss the bill again.

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