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The lines were busy last September at an unemployment insurance phone bank operated by the California Employment Development Department in Sacramento. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Two people check job listings at a New York State Department of Labor Employment Services office in Brooklyn. (March 2011 file photo.) Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

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"It would be inexcusable for Congress not to further extend this middle-class tax cut for the rest of the year," Obama said after the Senate passed a two-month extension on the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Reporter David Welna reports on what happened in the Senate today

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