House Democrats will push for an extension of unemployment benefits this afternoon in response to a lagging U.S. economy.

A bill authored by Rep. Jim McDermottJim McDermottDem to Trump on House floor: ‘Stop tweeting’ A record number of Indian Americans have been elected to Congress Levin will step down as top Democrat on Ways and Means MORE (D-Wash.) will come up for a vote this afternoon; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic leaders will hold a press conference following the vote. The bill would extend unemployment benefits for workers whose current unemployment compensation has run out.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' May jobs report showed unemployment having risen from 5 percent to 5.5 percent. Democrats have posed McDermott's bill, called the Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, as a response.