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Senate Close to Restoring Jobless Benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 2 million workers who have been laid off for long stretches could get their unemployment benefits restored as early as next week.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate will take up a measure Tuesday to restore the extended benefits, right after a new Democratic senator from West Virginia is sworn in.

With the death of Sen. Robert Byrd, Senate Democrats had been a vote short of the 60 needed to overcome a GOP filibuster. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has said he could name a temporary replacement to fill Byrd's seat by Friday.

The House already has passed a bill to extend the benefits through November, at a cost of about $34 billion.
      
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