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House OKs More Jobless Benefits

March 7, 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.

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