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US SENATE UPHOLDS VETO OF JOBLESS BENEFITS BILL

The Senate failed to override President Bush's veto of legislation providing jobless Americans up to 20 weeks of additional unemployment benefits. Wednesday's 65-to-35 vote was two votes shy of the two-thirds needed to override.Republicans challenged the Senate to adopt their smaller, less costly plan that Mr. Bush has said he would sign. The Senate has rejected the alternative twice as a "pale imitation of what this nation needs."