PI Original Adam Doster Tuesday December 15th, 2009, 12:35pm

Unemployment Benefit Extension Being Added To Defense Bill?

In recent weeks, the U.S. Senate hasn't showed much interest in
extending unemployment benefits through 2010 before the end of 2009,
leaving close to 200,000 jobless Illinoisans wondering whether they
would still be able to access the aid early next year. But Sen. Jack ...

In recent weeks, the U.S. Senate hasn't showed much interest in extending unemployment benefits through 2010 before the end of 2009, leaving close to 200,000 jobless Illinoisans wondering whether they would still be able to access the aid early next year. But Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) isn't giving up just yet.

Check out this story yesterday in the Providence Journal. Apparently, Reed is attempting to attach a benefit extension proposal to a pending defense appropriations bill, which the upper chamber is required to approve by the end of the year. If it clears, unemployment insurance -- as well as COBRA benefit subsides -- would likely be extended for an additional six months. Here's more from Reed:

“I think there’s a reasonably good chance” that benefits could be extended soon, he said.

“I’m working as hard as I can to make it happen,” he said. “I don’t think we can leave millions of Americans behind.”

Thanks to commenter "needajob" for alerting us to the news.

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