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Senate jobless benefits plan poses problems: state agencies

U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner walks to his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday a U.S. Senate plan to extend long-term unemployment benefits retroactively "is simply unworkable" after a state officials group warned of implementation problems. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies said in a letter that some states may find the plan's verification requirements too costly and onerous, and could try to opt out. The bill's requirements "would cause considerable delays in the implementation of the program and increased administrative issues and costs," NASWA President Mark Henry said in the letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. The Senate is expected to vote in coming weeks on bipartisan legislation to renew the jobless benefits for the first five months of 2014 that would put an average of $300 per week into the hands of long-term unemployed workers.

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