Agreement elusive on jobless benefits bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - January 14, 2014

Instead, each side is blaming the other for a failure to agree.

More than 1.3 million unemployed workers have lost their federal jobless benefits since an earlier program expired on Dec. 28, an average of about $256 in weekly income.

Six Republicans voted with Democrats last week to advance the measure over an initial hurdle, but compromise talks have yet to result in an agreement.

The bill is one of several expected to come before Congress this year in which the two political parties will vie for support from victims of the longest recession since the 1930s.

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