Congress Unemployment

January 7, 2014 - 4:34 PM
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., second from left, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, after legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle. From left are, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Schumer, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. The vote was 60-37 to limit debate on the legislation, with a half-dozen Republicans siding with the Democrats on the test vote. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., along with Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, led the effort to reauthorize the benefits for three months which expired on Dec. 28. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)