Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Bingaman To Push Jobless Benefits.(Final)

Byline: Michael Coleman Journal Washington Bureau

Senator Wants To Amend Tax Bill

WASHINGTON Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Wednesday he will try to add a measure extending unemployment benefits to a major tax-cut bill to be considered by the Senate Finance Committee today.

Bingaman, a Democratic member of the committee, said the long economic slowdown has made it difficult for many people to find jobs, and the government should help them stay financially afloat.

"This is not a handout; this is an assist to people who are out looking for a job and trying to grow the economy," said Bingaman, who was joined by Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass, at a news conference announcing the proposal. …

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