Trump signs ‘skinny’ bill to extend unemployment insurance for workers
President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday that extends unemployment insurance benefits for workers, an administration official said.
The measure passed the Senate by voice vote.
The Associated Press and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research did not immediately have data on the number of unemployed workers who will be eligible for benefits under the new measure.
The House of Representatives approved the measure last week and the Senate is expected to take it up this week.
The bill would extend the state unemployment benefits through March 16, 2019, according to the White House.
The unemployment insurance program is paid for by the federal government.
The program has been under pressure from Republican lawmakers and business groups to expand coverage, as the U.S. economy struggles through a prolonged economic recession.
In March, Congress approved a $9.1 billion bill to fund unemployment benefits, but the president has said he wants to extend them.