On the Hill

Unemployment Benefits: Obama Signs Extension into Law

President Obama has signed an extension of jobless benefits into law after the House passed it 272-152 on Thursday. The benefits go to 5 million Americans who have been out of work for more than six month; 2.5 million people have had to forgo these benefits for seven weeks after Senate Republicans filibustered the extension. (Senate Democrats broke the GOP’s filibuster on Wednesday.) Those who went without the aid will be eligible for retroactive payments.