Extend benefits?


Democrats in Congress want to extend jobless benefits for many of the 2.3 million people whose coverage has expired. A Senate bill would extend benefits for up to 20 weeks for people who have exhausted the standard 26 weeks of unemployment coverage. The Bush administration says it won't go along with the plan unless there are spending cuts to pay for it.

The Evening Sun would like your opinion. Should jobless benefits be lengthened whether or not Congress cuts spending to pay for the extension?

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Look for the results in tomorrow's Evening Sun.

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