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Neal Says Budget Plan Won’t Extend Unemployment Benefits

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — The House budget deal doesn’t include any extension of unemployment benefits. That means benefits for 1.3 million long term unemployed will expire.

Congressman Richard Neal is one of a number of Democrats signing a letter to the House Republican leadership to extend those benefits. He told ABC40’S Dave Madsen Thursday afternoon that it will not be included in the budget proposal they’ll vote on tonight.

Neal adds that the budget plan, while not perfect, is better than shutting down the government.

“That’s the factual reality of what we’re discussing. We’re a minority in the House of Representatives. I think that the deal we have here stands up under the magnifying glass of critical analysis, based on substance, based on policy and I think it’s a small confidence building measure that might allow us to proceed next year getting rid of some of the suspicion and the excitable language that has plagued this institution,” Neal explains.

Lawmakers from both parties predict that a desire to call a cease-fire in Congress’s budget wars would carry the bill through the House tonight and the Senate next week.

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