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Unemployment Benefits Expire Saturday

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By Andrew Reed

Washington, D.C. (CNN) - Federal unemployment benefits end Saturday for 1.3 million jobless Americans.

The checks will stop coming after a program signed into law back in 2008 expires Saturday.

An additional 850-thousand workers will also lose state unemployment benefits over the next three months.
Congress extended or expanded the federal aid to the long-term jobless eleven times, but an extra lifeline wasn't included in the latest budget deal.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed a short-term extension for three months.

That will make it to the floor of the senate -- but not until congress returns to work next month.


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