Unemployment benefits continue to hang in the balance.

By WEEK Producer

January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Still no vote Tuesday in the U.S. Senate to extend unemployment benefits for over one million Americans.

The problem is democrats and republicans are squabbling over just how to extend those benefits. Right now, the leading plan would extend unemployment benefits for three months.

Another problem, according to Senator Dick Durbin, 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," Durbin said. "We need republicans, six of them, to step up and help us pass these benefits."

If a bill isn't passed this week, one won't be passed next week either as both the Senate and House are on recess.

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