|By Jacqueline Klimas, The Washington Times|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"We are at a critical moment. It's been 38 days since emergency unemployment compensation expired due to obstruction by Republicans in
The federal, long-term unemployment insurance, which begins once state benefits run out, expired
The Democrats' latest plan would pay for a three-month extension with "pension smoothing," which decreases the employer contribution and increases taxable income in pension plans,
The plan addresses Republican concerns that the previous deal was too long and wasn't paid for,
"It's a technique that's been used before by both Republicans and Democrats," he said. "I don't think that's going to cause any controversy."
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