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Missouri senators offer to allow vote on jobless bill

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Several Missouri state senators who have been blocking a vote on extending federally-funded jobless benefits say they will only relent if the governor agrees to the elimination of $300 million in federal stimulus spending.

The condition is a change from earlier Wednesday, when a senator leading the filibuster said he would allow a vote on the unemployment bill and instead try to block up to $400 million of stimulus spending.

The senators later said at a news conference that they want Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to share responsibility for rejecting the federal money. The senators could block the $300 million in funding without Nixon's help.

Nixon's office did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

About 10,000 Missouri residents lost eligibility for extended jobless benefits Saturday because of the filibuster.

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