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U.S. Congress To Begin 2014 With Jobless Benefits Battle

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January 05, 2014 AT 11:46 AM
The U.S. Congress begins what promises to be another highly combative year with a showdown over a White House-backed bid to renew unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans. The battle will kick off a 2014 drive by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats to stem a growing gap between rich and poor. The Democrat-led Senate plans to escalate the fight in coming weeks by bringing up for a vote a bill to increase the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $7.25 an hour since July 2009