Another battle is brewing on Capitol Hill over renewing a federal program that provides jobless benefits to more than 1 million long-term unemployed workers.

If Congress fails to take action and the program expires at the end of the year, 1.3 million would be cut off from the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), which is the next step after unemployed workers exhaust state-level benefits.

Advocates on and off Capitol Hill are ramping up pressure on Congress to pass a yearlong reauthorization of the program, which is estimated to cost about $24 billion.

Two reports out this week — one from House Ways and Means Committee Democrats and the other from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) — show that failing to reauthorize the program would affect 2 million unemployed workers by March and 3 million by June.

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