A House-approved bill to extend unemployment benefits isn't seeing much progress within theSenate, according to the Associated Press. The bill would havegiven another 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to people fromstates where the jobless rate is at least 8.5 percent.

But opposing lawmakers say states that have lower unemploymentwould be left out.

"The original hope among Democratic leaders was to get quickapproval of a proposal giving four extra weeks of benefits to thejobless in all 50 states and 17 weeks to workers in those 27 stateswhere the unemployment rate is 8.5 percent or above," writes JimAbrams for the Associated Press. "But that drew opposition fromlawmakers from the 23 states who wouldn't qualify for the greaterbenefit."

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