Democratic senators are pushing for approval to reinstate expired COBRA health care premium assistance. U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Penn., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and 14 other senators introduced an amendment to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, a bill currently under consideration on the Senate floor.

The Casey-Brown amendment would extend the COBRA premium subsidy program through November 30.

Facing pressure from fiscal conservatives, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill before the Memorial Day recess that excluded the federal subsidy that paid for 65 percent of a laid-off employee's health insurance payment for 15 months.

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