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Senate Drops Stimulus Bill; Approves Jobless Benefits Extension Instead

After two weeks of contentious debate on an economic stimulus package (H.R. 622) (see The Source, 1/25/02), Senators were unable to reach a compromise and agreed to drop all amendments to an adoption tax credit bill, used as a procedural vehicle for the stimulus proposal. The stimulus bill failed when both Democrats and Republicans were unable to get enough votes to close debate on their respective versions of the stimulus plan.

By unanimous consent, the Senate then agreed to replace the language in the stimulus bill with a proposal to extend unemployment benefits for laid-off workers an additional 13 weeks. The measure to extend unemployment benefits was easily approved by voice vote and sent to the House.

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