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White House National Economic Council Chairman Gene Sperling speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on Monday. With Congress back, the Senate is expected to work on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) talks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, last Thursday. Reid has promised a vote no later than Jan. 7 on a measure to extend jobless benefits for three months. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (left) is joined by newly sworn-in Sen. Carte Goodwin (D-WV) Tuesday after the Senate took a key vote toward extending unemployment benefits. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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