March 26th, 2010
05:58 PM ET

Thousands to lose jobless benefits April 5

Extended jobless benefits will run out for about 212,000 Americans out of work after April 5 because the Senate closed up shop Friday afternoon without a deal to extend filing deadlines.

Senate Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on passing a House version of the extension of deadlines to apply for federal unemployment benefits and the COBRA health insurance subsidy.

In 10 days, those receiving state jobless benefits won't be able to apply for additional federally paid unemployment insurance, and anyone already receiving those checks could be cut off. They also won't be able to sign up for the 65 percent federal subsidy for COBRA unemployment insurance.

Key Democrats say they hope to pass a retroactive extension, compensating the unemployed for a gap in funding, after they return from a two-week break the week of April 12. If approved, it would be the seventh time the deadline has been extended since June 2008.

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  1. Nny

    Wow! I am really amazed at the comments posted thus far. When I read thru, I was so happy to be an American as people's comments are so reasonable but when I watch the news on TV, Ionly see those who are republican supporters and Obama haters..............
    I am neither ademocrat, republican or a registered independent so my thoughts are from a rational mind. Unemploymenmt was caused by the economic crisis, the crisis was caused by the Bush administration and the last time I checked, Bush is a republican. now his fellow republicans are condeming American to death by hunger. Am I surprised? not at all. I have watched their debates and find no substance in them. they are all cosmetic agenda aimed at making them look very good and Obama (not democrats necessarily) look bad. If it were bush who proposed the health bill the way it is or the unemployment extension, it will get their vote how do i know u may ask? because when he proposed the bill to send innocent souls to Iraq for a cause that till date is unclear, they all agreed without hesitation but now we want them to take care of their own, they shut the door on us and went home to enjoy the easter break, how pathetic! come November, I want Americans to remember what these republicans have put us through. I will definitely vote for Obama for a second tenure unless his principles change. I also want to remind all that during his inaugural speech, Mr. President told us that the road to recovery is not goig to be a quick one, it will take time and there will be bumps on the way. we all agreed with him and called it a heartfelt speech but now that we are experiencing the wait, we are impatient......... make up ur mind people. be patient with this man, change does not come in one day but if we al stick together, I believe we can and will fix our nation.

    March 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pissed

    American People – Next election stand up and be heard – FIRE THEM ALL – EVERY last congressman no matter the party – How many years have you paid taxes? Your government bails out bankers, wall street execs using your tax dollars – but unemployment is allowed to expire? How utterly irresponsible is it of your congressmen to go on vacation when without bothering to address how you will put food on your table? Next election – let Congress feel the sting of the unemployment lines!!!

    March 30, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. On the fence

    I somewhat agree with this article. I think there's a big difference between the unemployed and the lazy. Many, many people are on welfare and are on unemployment and don't even bother looking for jobs. I don't feel like we should have to help pay their benefits for them. On the other hand, for the unemployed that are actually trying to work and find a job, I see no problem in extending their benefits. There should be a check done every so often to see if the unemployed and the people on welfare have applied for any jobs. If they are just sucking up the money in the system and taking it all in, I would feel no shame in taking away their benefits.

    July 22, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
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