Senate to vote on long term unemployment

By WEEK Reporter

January 13, 2014 Updated Jan 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM CDT

The U.S. Senate votes Tuesday on a three month extension of unemployment benefits.

That's the plan anyway.

Senate members on Monday were meeting, trying to come up with a bill which would satisfy both parties.

Senator Dick Durbin said if an extension is not passed, 230,000 Illinoisans could lose access to federal unemployment insurance by the end of 2014.

"And it still looks like a close vote.  We need republicans, six of them, to step up and help us pass these benefits," said Senator Durbin, (D) IL.

Democrats have said they want an 11 month extension of unemployment benefits, rather than the three month proposal which comes up for a vote on Tuesday. 

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