The Senate on Monday approved a bill to extend long-term unemployment benefits for five months with a vote of 59-38. The bill now needs to pass the House of Representatives, which may prove to be a tougher task.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., praised the Senate for the vote. "The United States Senate has responded to the plight of those Americans who find themselves unemployed and unable, although they are looking, to find a job," he said.
House Democrats believe the Senate-passed bill could also pass a House vote. They're urging House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
The GOP didn't say whether or not it would bring the bill to the floor, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., did emphasize the Republicans' history of passing bills to help the American people.
"House Republicans have a better way to build an America that works," Cantor said. "We pass bill after bill that helps create jobs, grow wages and help put money back into the people's pockets."