(WICHITA, Kan.) — The U.S. Senate approves another extension for the millions of people out of work. That vote came Wednesday evening and still has to pass in the House of Representatives. It's an extension that allows laid-off aviation workers in Kansas to hold out for better jobs.
For Phillip Burkenfeld, there's one plus to being out of work, he gets to spend a lot time with his daughter. But with the highs come the lows.
"How many applications have I filled out online? More than I could ever count. How many calls have I gotten back? I can count on one hand."
Cessna laid off Burkenfeld early last year. Since then, he's used up more than half of his unemployment benefits.
States generally give benefits for up to 26 weeks. If Congress extends federal benefits, people can collect for up to 60 more.