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Congress extends jobless benefits


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has passed legislation extending jobless benefits through the December holidays, keeping checks flowing to laid-off workers who would otherwise lose them.

  The Senate vote came just hours after the White House said President George W. Bush was concerned about people losing their jobs and urged Congress to move quickly to extend expiring benefits.

  The House had passed the legislation that would provide the jobless with up to 13 weeks of extra benefits last October.

  The vote came on the same day the Labor Department reported that claims for unemployment benefits hit their highest level since 1992.

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