Congress wants to push jobless pay, but bill lags

Both the House and Senate have agreed that unemployment compensation benefits should be extended an additional 10 weeks on top of the base 26 weeks, plus 13 weeks of special federal benefits, for a maximum of 49 weeks of jobless pay. But legislation extending the benefits bogged down until at least mid-November when the House refused to accept a Senate effort to tighten eligibility rules.

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