Benefit extension welcomed locally

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Benefit extension welcomed locally

Marietta Times – State unemployment agencies are gearing up to resume sending unemployment payments to millions of people as Congress moves to ship President Barack Obama a measure to restore lapsed benefits.

After months of increasingly bitter stalemate, the Senate passed the measure Wednesday by a 59-39 vote. Obama is poised to sign the measure into law after a final House vote on Thursday.

It's a welcome relief to 2.5 million people who have been out of work for six months or more and have seen their benefits lapse.

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