House OKs More Jobless Benefits
Mar. 07, 2002
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Reaching compromise on a fourth try at recession relief, the House overwhelmingly passed legislation Thursday that combines business tax cuts with an extension of jobless benefits for millions of people.
``We've finally arrived at the right balance,'' said Rep. Tim Roemer, D-Ind.
The vote was 417-3 to send the bill to the Senate, where three previous House-passed Republican economic recovery packages have languished. This time, Democrats said it appears likely the Senate will send the measure to President Bush.
``We've reached a tenuous consensus here,'' said House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo.