Unemployment Benefits Expire
Long-term unemployment benefits ran out Saturday after Congress failed to extend the federal program.
Paul Hallasy is one of the 1.3 million Americans losing unemployment benefits.
On average, Americans have been getting $300.00 each week from unemployment.
Extended unemployment benefits were started during the Bush administration to help Americans get by during the recession.
Since 2008, they have been renewed 11 times but this time around an extension was not passed in the budget deal.
Republicans argue that the program is too expensive and that people have become dependent of the program.
Democrats argue that benefit checks are spent right away which is necessary to boost the economic recovery.
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