WASHINGTON -- The House easily passed an extended unemployment benefits bill yesterday that would raise the already bloated federal deficit by another $6.3 billion.

The 283-to-125 vote, which was resounding enough to overcome a threatened presidential veto, came only minutes after the House voted by an even more overwhelming margin of 341 to 65 to defeat a proposal by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., to increase unemployment insurance taxes to pay for the expanded benefits.

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