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April 5th, 2010
12:25 PM ET

Unemployment benefits expire for thousands

Benefits for many Americans seeking jobs will expire today.

Benefits for many Americans seeking jobs will expire today.

Brianna Keilar
CNN

Extended unemployment benefits will temporarily expire for thousands of Americans on Monday because the Senate went on its spring recess without approving a one-month deadline extension.

The extension, which had bipartisan support, would have cost about $10 billion, but a lone Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn, said no until the costs are offset.

The Oklahoma senator objected to a commonly used unanimous-consent agreement to pass the bill under emergency conditions, even if it increases the federal deficit. Coburn wants to eliminate additional government spending to pay for the bill.

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