What the Senate's Unemployment Deal Looks LikeOctober 12, 2009 - by Donny Shaw
As I reported last week, the Senate has finally come to a decision on how to move forward with extending unemployment benefits. Basically, they decided to change the House bill, which would have only extended benefits in states with jobless rates above 8.5 percent, to all states.
The new Senate deal exists in the form of an amendment, S. Amndt. 2668, to the House bill, H.R. 3548, which is itself an amendment to last year’s unemployment extension bill, which is buried inside of the gigantic 2008 supplemental appropriations bill, H.R. 2642. Needless to say, it’s a pretty convoluted law-making process.
Thankfully, intrepid OpenCongress user Nancym, whose work we’ve highlighted previously on this blog, has pieced the disparate pieces of legislative text together to create a document that shows what the new amendment is actually doing. It lives here on the OpenCongress Wiki.