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Jobless benefit extension heads for final Senate vote Wednesday

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is expected to finally pass a bill Wednesday that would extend unemployment benefits for some 2.5 million Americans who have exhausted them.

Democrats overcame a Republican filibuster Tuesday with the support of Maine's two Republican senators and the new senator from West Virginia.

After a final Senate vote, the bill goes back to the House, which is expected to approve it.

President Barack Obama thanked senators for acting accused Republicans of holding the unemployed hostage through obstruction and game playing.

Three earlier votes to move the bill had stalled.

Republicans want the spending to be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget and Pres. Obama wants to continue treating the extension as emergency spending, meaning it will increase the deficit.

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