(Washington, D.C.) – Unemployed Hoosiers look to receive another 13 months of unemployment benefits as part of a deal reached between Republicans and Democrats in Washington.
Approximately 90,000 Indiana residents are currently receiving the federally funded benefits according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Around 4,000 of those had seen theirs expire beginning Sunday, Dec. 5.
But, President Barack Obama announced Monday night that a compromise had been reached to extend the federal jobless benefits for out-of-work Americans.
Obama was against extending Bush-era tax cuts for the rich but said Republicans would block any extension plans unless it included the wealthiest Americans.
The president wants the proposed deal to be ironed out in Congress before they break for Christmas.
About 16,000 Hoosiers would have ceased receiving Extended Benefits on Sunday, Dec. 12. In all, the Department of Workforce Development anticipated 32,000 losing the benefits by the end of the month.