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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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Displaying 31-60 of 106 total comments.

Revolution 06/29/2010 11:08am
in reply to nh2010 Jun 29, 2010 10:27am

Although I may/may not agree with this action, it has NOTHING to do with helping AMERICANS with UNEMPLOYMENT. Our Country is designed to have a government where we do not have a ruler who can make all of the decisions…we rely upon the Congress/House on these matters. The President cannot simply write a check to the Unemployed.He cannot sign an executive order to do this because we are a democracy and our reps in Congress/House MUST pass this. The REPUBLICANS keep blocking the progress of getting this assistance which has been in place for decades to stall and use antics/tactics to posture themselves. They are digging themselves a big hole…Stop diverting attention to non issues and get the Unemployment Assistance passed TODAY! Stop creating diversions. Amercians need assistance NOW!

lonnienyssa 06/29/2010 11:06am

ok so now I am REALLY confused are they presenting another bill about the Extending it or not?? Is there another Bill??

sweett813 06/29/2010 10:56am

Well I will become the next bonnie n clyde looks like

Revolution 06/29/2010 10:47am
in reply to jrhill Jun 29, 2010 10:37am

What are you talking about? The Senate version is what we are waiting for. Presented by Michigan Senator and is what Democrats are trying to gain support from your friends on. The house version was voted on and failed a little while ago-thanks to your Republican friends. “INFORM yourself before shooting off your mouth” as your republican friend stated.
The real issue is passing the unemployment assistance for ALL Americans who need it.

gale99 06/29/2010 10:45am

WE THE 99ERS ARE DYING OUT HERE. RIGHT NOW I DON’T HAVE A DIME TO MY NAME. IF I WOULD BE CALLED FOR A INTERVIEW I COULDN’T GO TO THE INTERVIEW BECAUSE I CAN’T AFFORD TO GET THERE. I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY ARE LETING US SUFFER LIKE THIS. WE NEED A TIER 5 ASAP. HELP US.

Revolution 06/29/2010 10:41am
in reply to jrhill Jun 29, 2010 10:33am

Typical. Our Children and grandchildren and unemployed Americans need help NOW idiot. The Republicans spent all the surplus money already. Unemployment INSURANCE money should be there as everyone pays into it. You spent it in Iraq and Afganhistan. You want to talk about spending at a time of crisis? Your Rep senator from Texas was just on asking for flood insurance to be passed today-she voted no on unemployment.
I said no one cares at this point due to the idiots on the Republican side as this is just an excuse-same as you are doing here. This issue is NOT the issue to take a stand on spending as it affects many..go fight about spending on other issues, not this one.
The real issue is getting the unemployment assistance NOW regardless of how it is paid for NOW. This is playing with lives.

lonnienyssa 06/29/2010 10:37am
in reply to Revolution Jun 29, 2010 10:34am

Thank You
i looked it up by that name it is: S-3520

jrhill 06/29/2010 10:37am
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in reply to Revolution Jun 29, 2010 10:34am

uhm.. no it’s not…

uhm.. no it’s not…Its a HOUSE RESOLUTION

uhm.. no it’s not…Its a HOUSE RESOLUTIONH.R.5618 – Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010

uhm.. no it’s not…Its a HOUSE RESOLUTIONH.R.5618 – Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010The Senate Resolution is still alive and hopefully will pass…

jrhill 06/29/2010 10:35am
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in reply to nh2010 Jun 29, 2010 10:27am

divide that $400 million by the number of people (like ME BTW) who have had their unemployment expired…

that’s a lot of dough… be glad this administration is sending your Unemployment Checks to the Palestinians to help buy bullets and rockets…

how bout it?

Revolution 06/29/2010 10:34am
in reply to lonnienyssa Jun 29, 2010 10:31am

the Unemployment Insurance Extension Act of 2010. Senator from Michigan..

jrhill 06/29/2010 10:33am
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in reply to Revolution Jun 29, 2010 10:09am

yes.. we ALL care WHERE IT COMES FROM

yes.. we ALL care WHERE IT COMES FROMthis blatent spending and waste and printing money with no regards and debt as far as the eye can see is PART OF THE PROBLEM my friend..

yes.. we ALL care WHERE IT COMES FROMthis blatent spending and waste and printing money with no regards and debt as far as the eye can see is PART OF THE PROBLEM my friend..all you are doing is putting a bandaid on a gun-shot wound…

yes.. we ALL care WHERE IT COMES FROMthis blatent spending and waste and printing money with no regards and debt as far as the eye can see is PART OF THE PROBLEM my friend..all you are doing is putting a bandaid on a gun-shot wound…you (and many others) had BETTER start caring where it comes from – or this will be the LEAST of your problems…

yes.. we ALL care WHERE IT COMES FROMthis blatent spending and waste and printing money with no regards and debt as far as the eye can see is PART OF THE PROBLEM my friend..all you are doing is putting a bandaid on a gun-shot wound…you (and many others) had BETTER start caring where it comes from – or this will be the LEAST of your problems…I too am unemployed in the same boat.. but unlike the selfish “not in my backyard” liberal, I STILL care about our future, our children’s future.. and this country…

yes.. we ALL care WHERE IT COMES FROMthis blatent spending and waste and printing money with no regards and debt as far as the eye can see is PART OF THE PROBLEM my friend..all you are doing is putting a bandaid on a gun-shot wound…you (and many others) had BETTER start caring where it comes from – or this will be the LEAST of your problems…I too am unemployed in the same boat.. but unlike the selfish “not in my backyard” liberal, I STILL care about our future, our children’s future.. and this country…disagree with me if you want.. but it’s the facts. You had BETTER start to care WHERE it comes from…

yes.. we ALL care WHERE IT COMES FROMthis blatent spending and waste and printing money with no regards and debt as far as the eye can see is PART OF THE PROBLEM my friend..all you are doing is putting a bandaid on a gun-shot wound…you (and many others) had BETTER start caring where it comes from – or this will be the LEAST of your problems…I too am unemployed in the same boat.. but unlike the selfish “not in my backyard” liberal, I STILL care about our future, our children’s future.. and this country…disagree with me if you want.. but it’s the facts. You had BETTER start to care WHERE it comes from…not caring is what got us into this mess in the first place..

lol.. id love to see revolution’s credit card bills.. hehh i can only imagine

lonnienyssa 06/29/2010 10:31am

Does anyone know the title of the senate bill that they are presenting?

gbasham5 06/29/2010 10:30am

Well thank you members of the House. I will just tell my LandLord that you will be writing him a check, so that my children and I are not homeless this 4th of July weekend? Despicable! I am not a 99’er, but my benefits stopped on June 2nd. Indiana doesnt care about it’s unemployed either!!

jrhill 06/29/2010 10:28am

some of you are in such a panic you don’t care what burns down in order for us to get our precious UC checks…

listen… if the congress really cared about the ‘unemployed’ (like many others have said) then they would create a bill FOR THAT PURPOSE ONLY with NOTHING ELSE.

But they cannot.. they cannot help but stuff it with all kinds of Tax increases, more job-killing legislation and handouts to the unions… face it.

all the dopes who just say “pass it” “pass it” “pass it” are the same dopes who take a 30 page contract and just blindly sign it without reading it…

probably why some of you are in the position you are in in the first place…

but im not to judge.. I ALSO want the extensions to pass.. but I live in “reality” not in “liberal la la land”..

lonnienyssa 06/29/2010 10:27am

So what does that mean will it be presented today or not???

nh2010 06/29/2010 10:27am
in reply to jrhill Jun 29, 2010 10:25am

It was $400 million he gave to the Palestinians who are under terrorist leadership.

realamerican007 06/29/2010 10:26am
in reply to jgpt777 Jun 29, 2010 8:10am

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

jrhill 06/29/2010 10:25am
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well obama just wrote a $30 million check to the palestinians to help build schools and dig sewer pipes…

divide that $30 million up by the number of unemployed and divy that out instead…

like I said.. im in the same boat with you guys, but I live in reality. Where does the money come from?? Put logic in front of your passion and its hard to disagree..

jchalk 06/29/2010 10:25am

It failed, not enough votes.

Revolution 06/29/2010 10:24am
in reply to lonnienyssa Jun 29, 2010 10:19am

Thats in the House…the Senate has a stand alone version to be presented (optional-they may not?) once that is presented, the Senate would go through the same thing we have been watching unless there is Republican support.

Devider440 06/29/2010 10:23am

How they can sit and wait and debate on this issue for so long is dumbfounding for me and our families.Can you imagine if this does not pass, Millions in the streets, you think it’s bad now? wait until this does not pass and see what happens to the economy. We are all struggling now if this extension does not pass it’s beyond over, it will be the Unemployment version of Katrina, watch and see

peytonsplace007 06/29/2010 10:22am

Only hope is the Senate bill which hasn’t made it to the floor yet. Deplorable actions on both sides. Happy 4th of July. Who wants to celebrate this country with all this crap going on.

kgarman1685 06/29/2010 10:21am
in reply to CJKell Jun 29, 2010 9:57am

they just announced on Cspan that it did not pass. :(

nh2010 06/29/2010 10:20am
in reply to Revolution Jun 29, 2010 10:17am

The democrats had a few voting against it as well. This is unbeleivable. Our economy is built on a deck of cards and is about to come down.

CJKell 06/29/2010 10:20am
in reply to WeThePeopleFightBack2010 Jun 29, 2010 10:10am

how many has it been in total?

ladob1028 06/29/2010 10:20am

So are we going to get the back pay as well?

raegan81 06/29/2010 10:20am

Several Democrats also voted against this, if the dems would have had 100% voting yes it would have passed so they are to blame too. They want it to be included in a package that includes pork spending and do not care about us unemployed any more than the Republicans do!

EmilyGoodall 06/29/2010 10:20am

GOP supporters crack me up. They think they’re in the club and that the GOP is representing their interests. Here’s a quick test to see if you’re in the club:

1) You’ve given at least 1 million dollars to a GOP – or multiple GOP – representatives, and he, she or they have contacted you and acknowledged the donation.

2) You’ve recently been contacted by a GOP congressman, by phone, and struck up a first-name basis conversation.

3) You’ve had legislation introduced and passed that directly benefited your private financial self interest.

If you don’t recognize any of these, you ain’t in the club. You’re just a raa-raa wannabe who’d LIKE to be in the club.

True GOP club members are corporations, large private financial self-interests, and oil company executives.

If you “work hard” and have great “family values” but don’t fit into any of the above categories, sorry, you ain’t in the club. But you can always fantasize!

lonnienyssa 06/29/2010 10:19am
in reply to Revolution Jun 29, 2010 10:18am

Is that one of the 3 votes left????

desperatentx 06/29/2010 10:19am

now what are we supposed to do…they give us a little hope and then drop us as if no one really cares!!!!! where do we go from here?

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