Bunning to Allow Vote on Jobless Aid, Road Funding

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senator who had been single-handedly holding up stopgap legislation to extend help for the jobless and keep federal highway dollars flowing has finally relented.

A spokesman for Sen. Jim Bunning says the Kentucky Republican will permit a vote Tuesday evening on the measure. That means hundreds of thousands of unemployed people would no longer face the loss of more generous unemployment benefits and health insurance subsidies.

Bunning has been holding up a vote for days seeking to find ways to finance the $10 billion measure but relented in the face of withering Democratic attacks and dwindling support within his own party.

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