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NC Dem Lawmakers: Keep Jobless Benefits For 170K

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some lawmakers in North Carolina’s General Assembly are criticizing decisions by the Republican-led legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory that will cut off federal unemployment benefits to about 70,000 people in a few days.

State Democratic Party leaders said Wednesday they’re working to force a vote on legislation to postpone cuts to state unemployment benefits. The move is a longshot because it would need strong support from Republican lawmakers, who hold overwhelming legislative majorities.

The state cuts taking effect Sunday will have the effect of also disqualifying federal benefits for people who have been jobless for longer than the maximum six months North Carolina provides. About 70,000 people will lose federal benefits this weekend, and about 100,000 more by the end of the year.

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