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Jobless benefits in hands of politicians

NATIONAL -- Many homeowners who lost their long-term unemployment benefits are struggling to pay mortgages.
NATIONAL -- Many homeowners who lost their long-term unemployment benefits are struggling to pay mortgages. A new poll shows 58% of registered voters support a three month extension of benefits.

Legislation to extend those cleared a hurdle in the Senate this week, but it could face further trouble if Democrats and Republicans can't agree on how to pay for the bill. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) hopes lawmakers can come to a compromise.

Most Republicans are against the extension unless lawmakers can figure out a way to pay for the benefits without adding to the deficit.
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