The House has passed legislation to extend unemployment benefits through the end of November.

However, the Senate has so far failed to overcome a filibuster and is not likely to pass a bill until after it returns from the weeklong July 4 holiday recess (see Senate Again Fails to Pass Unemployment Extension). The unemployment extension had originally been attached to a package of about 50 different extensions of expired and soon-to-expire tax breaks for individuals and businesses. The only extension to pass the Senate so far has been a three-month extension on the closing date for home purchases to qualify for the Homebuyer Tax Credit.

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