The U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation late on Thursday, June 24, that would have extended unemployment benefits for more than 1 million of the nation's jobless, including approximately 22,000 Idahoans.
On Capitol Hill, Republicans got enough votes to prevent a measure (which would have extended benefits) from ever going to the floor of the Senate for a vote. According to the National Employment Law Project, without Congressional action, 1.2 million Americans will exhaust their jobless benefits by the end of June.
The Idaho Department of Labor estimates as many as 22,000 Idahoans could exhaust their jobless benefits in the next three months. The agency says more than 4,000 lost jobless benefits earlier this month.