POLITICS: Senate votes to extend unemployment benefits

Posted by ADAM BEAM on January 7, 2014 

— The U.S. Senate voted 60-37 to temporarily extend unemployment benefits.

For South Carolina, that means the 12,900 people who lost unemployment benefits on Jan. 1 will get them back, at least for three months. Altogether, the extension will impact about 15,000 South Carolinians, according to Sue Berkowitz, director of the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center.

South Carolina's two Republican Senators -- Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott -- voted against extending the benefits. USA Today reported most Republicans are opposed to extending the benefits because it would cost $6.4 billion and would not be offset with other spending cuts.

The bill must still pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

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