Senate restores $18 billion in jobless benefits

(AP) - The Senate has passed a bill to restore unemployment benefits for people who have been out of work formonths.

Several hundred thousand jobless people have been unable toreapply for benefits since a Senate impasse caused the program tolapse last week. People who have missed unemployment checks will beable to receive them retroactively.

The jobless benefits measure had been hung up by conservativeRepublicans fighting to force Democrats to pay for its $18 billioncost rather than add to the budget deficit.

The bill would pay for federally funded unemployment insurancethrough June 2. Several other lapsed programs would also beextended until the end of May.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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