House Speaker Questions Senate Unemployment Deal

WASHINGTON (March 14, 2014) U.S. House Speaker John Boehner Friday was questioning the feasibility of a bipartisan Senate deal to renew expired benefits for the long-term unemployed.

His remark seems to suggest the agreement could be in trouble in the House.

Asked Friday by The Associated Press what he thought of the Senate agreement, the Ohio Republican said it can't be implemented.

Boehner did not describe what the problem was and an aide did not immediately provide further explanation.

Bipartisan senators said Thursday they'd reached a roughly $10 billion compromise to extend emergency jobless benefits that ended Dec. 28.

The deal would renew that coverage retroactive to their expiration for five months, meaning benefits would run through May.

Approval seems likely in the Democratic-run Senate, perhaps in late March.

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