Wary of playing Scrooge during tough economic times, Congress is defying President George W. Bush's veto threat and considering extending unemployment benefits to the nation's growing jobless masses.
The Senate this week is expected to take up legislation already passed by the House that would extend unemployment insurance for those whose benefits have run out. The Senate vote could occur as early as Thursday evening and would require support from 60 senators to pass.
Bush has threatened to veto the bill, calling it fiscally irresponsible.
The Senate vote comes during the last session of the 110th Congress, during which the economy took the worst turn since the Great Depression and lawmakers approved a $700 billion economic bailout package.
The news is getting worse. The outgoing Congress is squabbling this week over whether to spend $25 billion of the bailout money to rescue
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