Dems will force vote on unemployment benefits 

With unemployment benefits running out for hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers, The House today could take up a bill that would extend such benefits through November.
According to a Democratic aide, the measure would be taken up under special rules that limit debate and require two-thirds of those voting to back it in order for it to pass.
Democrats are hoping that by taking up just unemployment benefits and shedding some of the unpaid for domestic spending that had been attached to the bill, such as money to avoid teacher layoffs, Republicans will be pressured into voting yes.
If the bill fails, Democrats will try to take it up later in the week under regular order, which would require just a majority for passage.
The bill would cost approximately $33 billion and is no paid for, which means many Republicans will probably be opposed to it because they do not want to add to the nation’s $1.3 trillion deficit.
Even if the House passes the bill, the Senate would likely have a tough time clearing it for the president’s signature because Republicans as well as at least one Democrat in that chamber want the measure to be paid for.
Unemployment benefits had been extended to 99 weeks for those out of work, with states covering about 26 weeks of that and the federal government picking up the rest.
The extra federal benefits ran out this month and Congress has been unable to pass a measure that would extend those payments, in part because many lawmakers have become wary of runaway spending and its potential to damage the economy.

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