The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bill that would further extend federal unemployment compensation benefit payments, thus putting the controversial issued squarely back before the Senate, where a similar bill was killed on June 22.
The bill H.R. 5618 would extend unemployment compensation through November 30, and would retroactively restore unemployment insurance payments to recipients who began losing their benefits as early as May 31.
The bill killed by the Senate would have extended unemployment benefit payments through December 31. The bill stalled when Senate Democrats failed to get the 60 votes needed to end a Republican filibuster against the bill.
While the House passed the new unemployment benefit extension by a vote of 270-153, Senate action on the bill will not come until Congress returns from its weeklong Fourth of July break.