Congress votes to extend unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON - President Obama has signed H.R. 4851, the Continuing Extension Act of 2010, passed by Congress to extend unemployment compensation benefits.

The measure passed in the Senate 59-38 and then passed in the House on a vote of 289-112.

The law includes extensions of COBRA health care insurance benefits for laid off workers, emergency flood insurance, and the Medicare payment rates for physicians.  It would also extend retroactively the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program through June 2, 2010.

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