WASHINGTON (AP) — There may be some good news from Congress for the long-term unemployed, but there’s nothing signed off on yet. Bipartisan Senate bargainers ended a long-running election-season standoff and struck a compromise renewing expired jobless benefits for five months for more than 2 million Americans who have been out of work the longest, the lawmakers said Thursday.
Approval of the $9.7 billion measure seemed likely by the Democratic-led Senate when it returns in late March from a weeklong recess. That would throw the issue into the Republican-run House, where its fate seemed uncertain.
The parties have dueled over the issue since late last year and it has become fodder for this year’s congressional elections. The two sides are competing to show they are trying to create jobs and help families support themselves in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2007-2009.
As the stalemate dragged on, Democrats —…
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