New CBO forecast complicates fight over unemployment benefits

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The plan also includes a provision introduced by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, that would prevent millionaires from receiving unemployment insurance payments. Democrats said that was added to try to attract GOP support.

“What we are going to do here is offer a fully paid for three-month extension of unemployment insurance. Simple as that,” Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said Tuesday on the Senate floor. “That is what the Republicans said they wanted and we agreed to do it.”

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