To get the latest extension passed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she would bring the bill back to the floor after Thanksgiving. However, even if the House were to pass a measure to extend benefits at least through the holidays, the Senate may not have time to vote on it before the holiday break – a point of contention with the White House.
"I don't think we want to leave here having fought for tax cuts for millionaires and against unemployment insurance for those that have lost their jobs," spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
If unable to pass an emergency measure, the Senate is likely to address the jobless benefits in year-end negotiations over taxes and other legislation.
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