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House to Vote on Stand-Alone Unemployment Insurance Bill Today

June 29, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The House of Representatives this afternoon is scheduled to pass, under the expedited suspension of the rules procedure, a new, stand-alone bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits. The bill is H.R. 5618, the “Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010.” It was introduced yesterday by Rep. Jim McDermott [D, WA-7] and has one co-sponsor — the powerful House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Sander Levin [D, MI-12].

This is expected to pass easily in the House, as indicated by its place on the suspension calendar. It would then be sent immediately to the Senate to give the upper chamber a chance to pass it before the end of the week when they are scheduled to leave for their July 4 recess.

Although the House is generally supportive of a robust benefits extension for the uninsured, Rep. McDermott has purposefully limited the scope of this bill to what he thinks can pass  the Senate. The bill would not extend the Federal Additional Compensation program from the stimulus bill that provided an extra $25 per month for benefits recipients, and it only extends UI benefits to November 30, 2010, one month shorter than the Senate’s stand-alone bill. It would not create a new fifth tier of benefits. 99 weeks would still be the maximum amount of time unemployed individuals could receive UI payments under this bill.

Both chambers have to pass the exact same version of the bill before it can be snet to President Obama to be signed into law. These changes make it more likely that the Senate can simply agree to the bill, avoiding a situation where the two chambers ping-pong the bill back and forth with their own amendments until they can find an agreement.

It’s still unclear, though, if this has the support to pass in the Senate. For one thing, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV], who ultimately decides what bills get voted on, still wants to do unemployment insurance together with Medicaid funding and other unrelated tax issues. Additionally, only one Republican — Sen. Olympia Snowe [R, ME] — has said publicly so far that she would vote in favor of such bill. That means the Senate Dems may still be two votes short of the 60 they need to break an inevitable Republican filibuster.

UPDATE: Contrary to some reports I’m seeing on Twitter and Facebook, the House has no passed this bill yet. It was brought up and debated, but the vote was postponed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [D, CA]. Under House rules (Rule XX, CLause 8), it now must be voted on within two days. But it will likely be voted on sooner, probably tonight or early tomorrow.

The fact that Dems are trying to do this under suspension of the rules is giving them a little trouble. Suspension allows bills to pass quickly and without minority obstructionism tactics (no amendments can be offered and debate time is limited to 40 minutes), but they need 2/3rds support for it to pass under the procedure. That means the Dems will need about 35 Republicans to cross the aisle and vote with them on this. The Democratic leadership is surely busy behind the scenes right now working to win over Republicans (and the GOP leadership is undoubtedly working to keep wavering members from defecting).

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  • jgpt777 06/29/2010 8:10am

    REP. SANDER LEVIN OF MICHIGAN:

    THANK YOU, FOR SPEAKING UP FOR THE UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS,

    ………………GOD BLESS YOU SIR…………………

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    realamerican007 06/29/2010 10:16am

    The entire dam congress conveniently forgets about us Americans who were raped and pillaged by the Banks, Mortgage Companies, Wall Street in general. Why do you forget this? The 99ers need the unemployment and tier 5 ..as much as others not able to find a job. The hell with Wall Street, Main Street is the only one who counts. Overlooking the 99ers could result in a complete downfall of your political careers.

    Main Street doesn’t supply monies for your coffers, but remember you work for us, so help us now by supporting the 99ers in your stand-alone unemployment bill. Whether you are willing to admit it or not, American is in real financial trouble, and failure to support all unemployed Americans will only lead to Americas downfall, just a Rome did.

    As long as you leave out the 99ers and tier 5 , I don’t support your bill or you in November.

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    realamerican007 06/29/2010 10:26am

    Remember , more importantly don’t forget to add the 99ers,tier 5, this way we all can share alike………We have families too.

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    bobbybixler 06/30/2010 4:21am

    It looks hopeless as I read this. Other reports say the bill is dead. I’m old and laid off two years ago—now on my final Extended Benefits. My son and daughter don’t have jobs either—both with college degrees. We don’t know what to do. We have tried to get jobs at big Macs, Walmart, etc. No replies back. I have tears in my eyes as I write this. If the house goes, where will we live? I served in Viet Nam—even got a bronze star. Worked all my life and never took more than a weeks vacation—ever! I was totally dedicated, loyal beyond belief, but the company I worked for had expensive talent at the top that needed to be kept, so they had to lay off others to make their payroll. Ahh, what’s the use. The good days are gone forever. Let’s see, Clinton had a surplus, Bush spent trillions on tax cuts to create high six-figure exec jobs, and now it’s all Obama’s fault—ahh, yeah, right. Will the last person to leave the unemployment office please turn out the lights.

  • jgpt777 06/29/2010 8:11am

    PLEASE GO WATCH CONGRESS LIVE:

    http://cspan.org/Watch/C-SPAN.aspx

  • Houselogic 06/29/2010 8:26am

    lets see this recorded vote.

  • XvxRAINxvX 06/29/2010 8:32am

    Well maybe the senate can find it in their hearts to pass this bill. They need to put all their agendas aside and do what’s right for the American people. The GOP do not wanna increase the defecit but however they do wanna bailout every business too big to fail. Sadly those buisnesses are one of the reasons we are in this situation.

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    Chris51 06/29/2010 10:55pm

    To the 1.2 million jobless americans I thought you would be glad to know that the Republicans let the Democrates get the Small Business Bill through.

    How many Small Business loans will be approved to the jobless workers who are looking at the option of doing a business start up? NONE
    -Poor credit and/or unemployed need not apply.

    Everyone knows that banks, retailers, small or big businesses have the legal right to not interview or hire applicants if they have had any negative information on their credit history report. So on top of everything else the unemployed are trying to keep up with they must be sure to keep a high credit score standing while they are unemployed, in order to have at least a chance to get interviewed after completing MOST companies on-line application and required background information checks.
    - It’s not always about experience, but about the criteria businesses/agencies use to screen applications for employment.
    GOP WILL ONLY BAILOUT WALL STREET

  • kd713 06/29/2010 8:34am

    Does this help people on the “Extended Benefits” as well?

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    kkilgore 06/29/2010 8:40am

    yes it does

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    WeThePeopleFightBack2010 06/29/2010 10:09am

    99 weeks would still be the maximum amount of time unemployed individuals could receive UI payments under this bill. Doesn’t that mean that the 99ers are SOL?

  • kd713 06/29/2010 8:34am

    Does this include people on “Extended Benefits” as well?

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    jgpt777 06/29/2010 8:39am

    YES, OF COARSE

    IT IS FOR AMERICANS TO CONTINUE ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS

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    WeThePeopleFightBack2010 06/29/2010 10:10am

    99 weeks would still be the maximum amount of time unemployed individuals could receive UI payments under this bill. Doesn’t that mean that the 99ers are SOL?

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    CJKell 06/29/2010 10:16am

    sol?

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    CJKell 06/29/2010 10:20am

    how many has it been in total?

  • jgpt777 06/29/2010 8:36am

    Rep. David Camp [R, MI-4]

    GO HOME AND HIDE AND SCREW YOUR SELF, JUST LIKE YOU SCREWED OVER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO DAY IN NEED.

    PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHICAN, YOUR REPRESENTOR DAVID CAMP, STOOD INFRONT OF CONGRESS TODAY AND SAID, TO VOTE NO ON EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT. HE DOES NOT GIVE A DAM ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND HE THINKS THE PEOPLE OF STATE OF MICHICAN, WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED ARE LAZY, SPOILED AND SMOKE CRACK ALL DAY.

    MAKE SHURE HE IS NEVER WELCOMED BACK TO YOUR STATE.

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    dsmith7079 06/29/2010 9:13am

    http://camp.house.gov/

    David Camp only allow e-mail from people with a zip code in his area.

    Use this to e-mail him.
    zip code – 49684-2284
    Then I used his address on the next page to get my e-mail to him.

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    Chris51 06/30/2010 6:44am

    • It’s the Republican party who is busy watching out for Wall Street/Corporations.
    Shame on Congress for not coming up with a solution for ALL its’ displaced hard working Americans.
    • 9.7% unemployed = 1.2 million Americans, and 55% of the workforce have taken reduced work hours, pay-cuts, unpaid leave, forced to switch to part-time. The BP Oil Corporation’s irresponsibleness is adding to lost jobs and lost lives.

    Yesterday, President Obama’s discussed what was happening with corporations, the economy, and the need to help the displaced unemployed. Watch his entire interview on CSPAN. He gets it.

    CNN and FOX only report on self-interested, with their main story and topics cycling 24 hours. Go to CSPAN
    CSPAN: http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2010/06/29/HP/A/34826/Pres+Obama+Remarks+on+the+Economy.aspx

    wwww.change.org

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    Chris51 06/30/2010 10:33pm

    The Senate needs to be held accountable for their incompetence and lack of integrity. Shame on them for not coming up with a 100% solution for all Americans who are forced to survive on their UI.

    President Obama can’t sign a bill, if Congress doesn’t get it to him. President Obama’s discussed the economy, and the need to help the displaced unemployed with UI Extentions on Monday and Tuesday. CSPAN.ORG

    As of today, we have 9.7% unemployed, 55% of the workforce have taken reduced work hours, pay-cuts, unpaid leave, forced to switch to part-time, and BP Oil Corporation’s IRRESPONSIBLENESS is adding to LOST JOBS and LOST LIVES.
    1.2 million who will lose their Unemployment Insurance if Republicans get their way.

    The GOP have no vested interest in hearing or helping jobless people. The only communication Republicans hear is $$$$$. That’s why they listen to and only support Oil Companies, Insurance Companies, Banks, Big Corporations, and Wall Street

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    Chris51 07/01/2010 8:48am

    Corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, THE HIGHEST FIGURE IN HISTORY! Big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds (Americans pay this back on their IRS tax bill). BIG CORPORATIONS EXECUTIVES ARE MAKING BIG BONUSES AND GETTING SALARY INCREASES FOR SHOWING HUGE PROFITS. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate.

    REPUBLICANS bloc, the SENATE vote and defeat a proposed extension of unemployment benefits for unemployed workers. Many of these same Senators rushed through a $700 BILLION bailout of Wall Street in 2008 in a matter of days, cannot bring itself to support even the most meager subsistence for the unemployed workers who are the victims, not the perpetrators, of the economic crisis.
    WWW.CHANGE.ORG

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    Chris51 07/01/2010 10:17pm

    $700 BILLION bailed out politician’s banks/wall street, and billions to cover the Bush/Chaney oil war. Congress concerned now?!

    SHAME, SHAME, SHAME to Republicans and those few Democrats who blocked several U.I. Ext. bills from passing they turned their backs on THE PEOPLE again.

    Most of these same House Representatives and Senators united to pass bills that gave their Wall Street/Banks SEVERAL billion $$$s in bailouts in 2008, starting with JP MORGAN CHASE, one of the many banks that took advantage of consumers.

    Then their oil companies made billions in profit during the summer of 2008, as they strategically increased gas prices by $1-$2 on Americans at the pump. Americans had to pay for gas to get to work. Soon American’s household budgets were out of balance, and started foreclosing on home loans.

    Your companies stayed fat$$ at the top by cutting jobs, while leaving The People jobless, without Unemployment Insurance, struggling and sadly disillusioned.

  • firestorm145 06/29/2010 8:40am

    Thats fine about the additional $25 as long as they extend the unemployment for people that have been out of work for a while. Pass the bill, the people of the US needs this bill or the economy will go down even further and be in a depression like in the 1930’s where they had rations. Peopl need this extension to help them live while they are searching for jobs.

  • jenny2010 06/29/2010 8:42am

    Thanks to all the senators who are still trying to help us stay afloat. Its very hard having to look for work all day only to come home to search for the latest news on unemployment extensions so that I can survive while looking for work. I have been unemployed now for 6 months and don’t know how I am going to pay my mortgage if i go another week without benefits. PLEASE ACT COMPASSIONATELY TODAY AND HELP THOSE IN NEED, I PRAY EVERYDAY THAT I WILL FIND A JOB SO I WILL NOT HAVE TO BE AT THE MERCY OF OTHERS. GOD BLESS US ALL.

  • jgpt777 06/29/2010 8:48am

    THANK YOU TO: Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D, TX-18]

    I SAW HER SPEAKING UP TODAY IN CONGRESS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE.

    THANK YOU SHEILA JACKSON……GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

  • odiolasgalletas 06/29/2010 8:58am

    Does this bill include EUC Benefits for people who are currently in Tier 5?

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    sldhouston 06/29/2010 9:15am

    ALL OF YOU… CALL YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICES TO GAIN INFO ABOUT THIS… I do not thing this will include the 99’ers… but I could be wrong. And also too, this may not include all 50 states in the country… it really depends what your unemployment rate is. This is why I ask you to call your local unemployment offices to confirm and ask them if the bill is passed, what personally does it mean for all of you… those offices should know if you’re within the guidelines to receive further UI in the future should this bill pass.

  • deb301952 06/29/2010 9:08am

    Does this have any affect on those on SEB? State extended benefits? In the state of Georgia?

  • wendya1972 06/29/2010 9:16am

    God Bless All the Senators still standing up for the American people!
    I don’t see how the Republicans voting NO can sleep at night knowing that they are responsible for children starving!

  • mojo1951 06/29/2010 9:17am

    I agree with the comments regarding Dave Camp. I watched the proceedings and was appalled by his reaction to this bill. People of Michigan, he is working against you when you are in dire need of help, along with so many others in this country. I don’t know if he is up for re-election in November, but you should not give him another 2 years, even if we do get this bill passed. His arrogance was hard to take.

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