Unemployment benefits to end soon

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Unemployment benefits start running out today for about two million Americans.

Lawmakers voted down a plan to extend unemployment benefits. Most democrats fought hard to extend them, arguing it would help boost the economy.

But some conservative democrats and republicans argued the nation can't afford it because the national debt is approaching 14 trillion dollars.

"I want to help, more than anybody here, I want to help," said Senator Scott Brown, Massachusetts (R)  "But to just keep throwing money, that's not paid for, at a problem…it makes no sense to me."

The people losing their benefits starting today have been receiving unemployment checks for 99 weeks, since the start of the recession.

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