WASHINGTON - With a new face and a 60th vote for breaking a Republican filibuster, Senate Democrats are preparing to restore jobless checks for 2.5 million people whose benefits ran out during a congressional standoff over deficit spending. President Barack Obama says, "It's time to do what's right."
"The same people who didn't have any problem spending hundreds of billions of dollars on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are now saying we shouldn't offer relief to middle-class Americans," Obama said Monday in the Rose Garden.
Republicans say they do favor the benefits but insist they be paid for with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.
Some 9.2 million Americans collect some form of jobless insurance.- AP