Congress Reconvenes To Tackle Jobless Benefits 7-12-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Congress Reconvenes To Tackle Jobless Benefits 7-12-2010

Congress is reassembling and getting back to work after its Fourth of July break.
The number of jobless running out of unemployment benefits will continue to grow if a stalemate over a measure to extend those benefits in the Senate doesn't end.
More than 87,000 unemployed in Michigan are affected.
This comes as West Virginia awaits word on how to proceed with replacing the late Sen. Robert Byrd.
If no replacement is named until a special election in November, more than 400,000 Michigan families will have completely exhausted their benefits.
It's unknown if any spending add-ons will be tacked onto the bill, giving Republicans fuel to filibuster the legislation.
Meanwhile, the treasury department said businesses have added 4.5 million workers under a new program that provides tax breaks for hiring unemployed workers.
The bill exempts businesses that hire people who've been unemployed for at least 60 days from paying the 6.2 percent social security payroll tax through December.
Employers get an additional $1,000 credit if new workers stay on the job a full year.
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