Almost 77,000 Texans — including 2,000 Travis County residents — will lose federal unemployment benefits at the end of the month under the terms of the federal budget deal the Senate is expected to pass Wednesday.
The bipartisan deal, struck earlier this month in an effort to avoid yet another budget cliffhanger and a government shutdown, did not include a provision to extend the emergency unemployment benefits that were initially enacted in 2008 to alleviate the sharp rise in unemployment during the recession and its aftermath.
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