Iraq Bill To Retain Jobless Benefits

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Baltimore Sun
June 17, 2008
WASHINGTON--In a challenge to President Bush, House Democratic leaders have decided to retain a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits as part of long-overdue legislation to pay for the war in Iraq. The move reverses a tentative decision announced earlier this month to strip the provision from the legislation in hopes of avoiding a Bush veto. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, buoyed by a veto-proof margin in a vote in May, has insisted the unemployment extension hitch a ride on the war funding bill. House Democratic aides confirmed the development under condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.