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From left, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., arrive for a procedural vote in the Senate on a bill that would extend unemployment benefits, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday.

Unemployment benefits bill clears hurdle

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WASHINGTON (AP) — White House-backed legislation to renew benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle on Tuesday, clearing the way for bipartisan negotiations in the opening days of an election-year session of Congress.

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