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Long-term unemployment benefits expire

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Long-term unemployment benefits expired over the weekend, affecting about 650 Vermonters.

Five years ago, congress added 14 weeks of payments on top of the regular 26 weeks that unemployed workers are eligible. But the extended benefits were not included in the recent budget deal.
    
Vermont's congressional delegation supports an effort in the Senate to restore the extended benefits for at least three months.

"If you deny income to those people, they don't have the money to spend and that results in the loss of about 200 thousand jobs in the U.S. and a reduction in the GDP by about 2/10ths of one percent and so you are cutting off your nose to spite your face by denying people who need the help the help they should be getting," said Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt).

Most Republicans are against the extension unless there are budget cuts elsewhere.

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