1. Keeping emergency unemployment benefits for another year

Unemployment checks put money in the hands of people who are likely to spend it immediately, helping businesses and making them more likely to hire.

Macroeconomic Advisers estimates that another year of emergency unemployment benefits would support 200,000 jobs in 2012.

Critics say unemployment benefits discourage some people from aggressively seeking work. Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco have concluded that unemployment benefits keep the unemployment rate about 0.4 percentage point higher than it would be otherwise.

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