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Senate poised to give final approval to unemployment benefits cuts (video)

The N.C. Senate is expected to give final approval Wednesday to House Bill 4, legislation that will sharply reduce the amount and duration of unemployment benefits for jobless North Carolinians.

Sen. Bob Rucho, who urged his colleagues to reject a handful of Democrat-sponsored amendments Tuesday to ease the impact on the unemployed, says the bill will pay off the state’s $2.5 billion debt to the federal government within three years.

Critics say the bill would:

One more vote by the Senate and the bill heads to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk. To hear a portion of Tuesday’s debate click below: