FROM Dana Hedgpeth
Federal Unemployment Benefits to be Extended, Yet Again As the Senate prepared to vote on history's longest extension of unemployment benefits, Jim Bunning (R-KY) wasn't the only one raising questions. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) asked why anyone thinks the program is helpful to the economy or the job market. The benefits are a holdover from the Great Depression. Now, workers where unemployment is worst can collect payment for up to 99 weeks. A Washington Post article , co-authored by Dana Hedgpeth, asks whether the "temporary bridge" for laid-off workers has become an expensive entitlement.
'Cash for Clunkers' Gets More Cash " Cash for Clunkers may have run out of cash, but America's consumers haven't run out of clunkers." That's from Democratic Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts, on extending a popular program that ran out of money sooner than anybody expected. It took only a week for eager consumers to burn up a $1 billion in federal money by collecting rebates on 250,000 new cars; it took less than a day for the Congress to come up with another $2 billion. Dana Hedgpeth is a financial reporter for the Washington Post .
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