Senate OKs bill on jobless benefits

Republican group asks Boehner to allow House vote

Posted: April 8, 2014 at 5:16 a.m.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., left, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., center, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., head to the chamber during the vote on restoring jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, legislation that expired late last year, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, April 7, 2014. With their 17-day spring break beckoning at the end of the week, House and Senate lawmakers will have to scramble to reach agreement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker of the House John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.

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