House Votes That Unemployment Benefits Will Not Be Extended

By Scott Sarvay

November 18, 2010 Updated Nov 18, 2010 at 6:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The House voted Thursday afternoon "against" extending unemployment jobless benefits another 90-days.

The vote? 258-154.

The failed measure would have added $12.5 billion to the nation's debt.

An extension enacted this summer expires, December first.

Currently jobless claims are up. But at the same time, they're at a new two-year low.

The Labor Department reports that initial claims for unemployment benefits rose by 2,000 last week to 439,000.

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