Senate Passes Unemployment Benefits Bill

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EUGENE, Ore. — A democratic bill to extend unemployment benefits for three months passed through the U.S. Senate Tuesday.

The bill which passed in a 60 to 37 roll call vote, will give those who’ve been unemployed long term, some extra footing to hopefully land a job.

But those we spoke with Tuesday have mixed views on the extension.

Some say it’s just a handout, while others say it’s difficult to land a job and the extension wouldn’t go to waste.

“I believe that to help people who are willing to help themselves. If they can, you know I don’t like giving money to somebody is probably as able bodied as I am,” said Walt Razee, Eugene resident.

“A roof over your head, food, everything if it wasn’t extended I wouldn’t be able to do that,” said Wayne Thompson, unemployed.

Long-term unemployment means you’ve been out of work for more than 27 weeks.

The final outcome of the bill will be decided during the next few days.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will need to clear a second 60-vote to bring the measure to a final vote.

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