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Winter weather delays Senate vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The winter weather impacting much of the nation delayed senators from getting back to Washington Monday.

The Senate is expected to hold a test vote Tuesday on a bill that would restart unemployment payments to more than a million Americans whose checks have been cut off.

Benefits for people out of work for more than six months expired last month.

Republicans say they want the bill to include spending cuts to pay the bill's $6.5 billion tab.

The Obama administration supports the bill as is.

One economist argues Congress has extended these benefits many times before, without offsetting cuts.

"Fourteen of the last 17 times in 20 years that it's been extended, there's been no strings attached," said Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council.

President Obama will push Congress to support the three month extension in a speech Tuesday. 

He'll be joined by Americans whose unemployment checks have stopped arriving.