How will unemployment benefits change under Obama's proposition, and is it an official bill yet?

I know they are talking about extending the length of eligibility, but I’m not sure if there is more to it.

Answer #1

Currently Republicans are fighting the federal government extending state unemployment benefits. It has been done in the past with bipartisan support but now Republicans who are willing to give $billions in tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans without concern for what it does to the deficit say they can not support extending benefits for down-and-out Americans without cuts elsewhere to “pay for it.”

Some conservatives also believe that extending benefits only encourages the unemployed to stay unemployed so they advocate limiting benefits as a sort of “tough love.” A modern version of “let them eat cake.”

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