A bill to extend unemployment benefits through February 28, 2011, did not pass the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday afternoon, as the current authorization ends on November 30. The bill did get a majority of votes, 258-154, but under a suspension of the rules that is generally used to pass non-controversial bills, the bill needed a two-thirds majority.
The bill would have cost $12.5 billion; the last extension passed in July for six months after numerous procedural tactics by Republicans. Unemployment benefits may well run out again at the end of the month for approximately 4 million people, as the July extension retroactively paid benefits that had previously lapsed in early June.
There is also a possibility that the unemployment extension will be linked with an extension of all of the Bush tax cuts, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer reportedly said Thursday that House Democrats will vote on the tax cuts for the middle class only.
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