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House Delays Vote On Unemployment Measure

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 5/29/2010

A vote to extend unemployment benefits has been delayed until June.

The U.S. House of Representatives has delayed a vote on a measure that includes potentially significant news for small business owners, CNN reports.

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On Friday, the House voted to extend the deadline for federal unemployment benefits. However, when the measure was passed, the Senate had already recessed for a week-long Memorial Day break. CNN says the Senate will take up the measure again when it reconvenes on June 7.

In addition to the vote's significant impact on unemployment benefits, the bill also contains a measure that would extend incentives for small business lending that are set to expire this month. According to CNN, the program would eliminate fees normally charged by the U.S. Small Business Administration for loans made through the agency while increasing the government guarantees on those loans.

Citing the National Employment Law Project, CNN says that if the Senate fails to act, some 1.2 million people could run out of jobless benefits in June.

In related news, the U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that two of its key loan programs are out of money. SBA Administrator Karen Mills said that funds for the 7(a) and 506 programs have been exhausted.

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