JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri state senator has agreed to stop blocking a vote on whether to extend federally-funded jobless benefits that expired for thousands of state residents last weekend.
Republican Sen. Jim Lembke told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he will end his filibuster against the reauthorization of the benefits that expired for about 10,000 Missouri residents on Saturday.
But he says he will instead try to block the state from spending as much as much as $400 million of federal stimulus act money on such things as home energy efficiency programs for low-income residents and a study about high-speed rail service.
Lembke says the unemployment legislation could come to a vote yet this week.
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