"It must be done," said Levin, whose state currently has the second highest unemployment levels in in the nation. "[I]f we don’t act next month, over a million people in this country will lose unemployment benefits. By February, it will be two million.”

Supplementary funding the federal government currently provides to states to provide for long-term unemployment benefits is set to expire at the end of this year.

Levin, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, argued that thanks to the recession, letting the program expire would cause a historic number of individuals to go off the benefits. 

“That’s unconscionable," he said.  "We have to act and there’s been a stalemate.”