Congress recessed for the year without approving an extension of unemployment benefits
. The failure to act means that there will be no more 13 week extensions for unemployed workers who have used up their 26 weeks of state benefits. Up to 90,000 workers per week will lose benefits after the December 27th cut-off. To add insult to injury for those who are jobless, there is plenty of money ($20 billion) in the unemployment compensation fund to pay an extension of benefits.