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House to vote on budget deal

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday night on a bipartisan budget agreement to avert another federal government shutdown next month.

The two year deal would ease sequester cuts through 2015 by increasing airline security fees and pension contributions from government workers and the military.

Both sides say the compromise is far from perfect. Republicans say the deal does little to reduce the national debt, which stands at $17.3 trillion. Democrats are concerned the deal doesn't extend expanded unemployment benefits, which are set to expire at the end of the year.

"I would suggest that if you're gonna lose 300,000 jobs in the economy due to the lack of extending the unemployment insurance issue, that's a dumb move. So we should extend it, for the sake of empowering our communities," said Representative Paul Tonko.

For New Yorkers, a failure to extend unemployment insurance means checks will stop after 26 weeks, instead of the current 63 week limit.

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