FROM Dave Clark
Unemployment Benefits Expanded More than 10 million Americans are looking for work and benefits for 1.2 million were about to run out. So Congress yesterday extended unemployment insurance for an additional seven weeks. President Bush signed the bill before leaving for an international conference in Lima, Peru. Meantime, if the Big Three go under, there could be a lot more unemployment. Dave Clark is economics reporter for Congressional Quarterly .
Bush Vetoes Domestic Spending Bill, Signs Defense Measure President Bush picked another fight with Democrats in Congress today, vetoing a domestic spending bill as too expensive while signing a Pentagon spending measure with an even bigger increase. Dave Clark is in the Senate Press Gallery for Congressional Quarterly .
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