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Congress Approves Extending Jobless Benefits

Congress Approves Extending Jobless Benefits --2.5 Million People Have Lost Unemployment Checks; Obama to Sign the Measure Soon 22 Jul 2010 Congress has approved legislation to restore unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more, ending a seven-week interruption that caused 2 1/2 million people to lose unemployment benefits averaging about $300 a week. The 272-152 House vote Thursday will send the measure to President Barack Obama, who has promised to quickly sign it.