Unemployment benefits come to an end for millions today

Posted on: 12:59 pm, December 27, 2013, by , updated on: 06:19pm, December 28, 2013

Some bad news, right after the holidays, for millions of jobless Americans.

Federal unemployment benefits will end tomorrow for more than 1 million people who have been out of work for more than six months.

The long-term unemployment checks will stop coming after a program, signed into law back in 2008, expires today.

An additional 850,000 workers will also lose state unemployment benefits over the next three months.

Congress extended or expanded federal long-term unemployment aid eleven times, but an extra lifeline was not included in the latest budget deal.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed a short-term extension for three months.

That will make it to the floor of the senate, but not until congress returns to work next month.