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DC Decoder Senate extends unemployment insurance. Why such a tough sell in the House? (+video)

The Senate voted 59 to 38 to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed. But House Republican leaders say the measure addresses only symptoms of joblessness, not the cause.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP/File

More than three months after emergency federal jobless benefits expired, the US Senate Monday approved a five-month extension. But people who need those funds to fill their gas tank or pay their rent while they look for work are not out of the woods yet. The bipartisan bill, which passed 59 to 38 with the support of six Republicans, faces stiff opposition from Republican gatekeepers in the House.

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