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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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Comments

Displaying 61-90 of 106 total comments.

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.

julez310 06/29/2010 11:23am
in reply to sldhouston Jun 29, 2010 9:20am

Don’t you need an address to vote? …All these people will be on the street! You watch he’ll get voted in again.

jgpt777 06/29/2010 8:11am

PLEASE GO WATCH CONGRESS LIVE:

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

sldhouston 06/29/2010 9:15am
in reply to odiolasgalletas Jun 29, 2010 8:58am

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.

kd713 06/29/2010 8:34am

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

kd713 06/29/2010 8:34am

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

jgpt777 06/29/2010 8:39am
in reply to kd713 Jun 29, 2010 8:34am

YES, OF COARSE

IT IS FOR AMERICANS TO CONTINUE ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS

kkilgore 06/29/2010 8:40am
in reply to kd713 Jun 29, 2010 8:34am

yes it does

dsmith7079 06/29/2010 9:13am
in reply to jgpt777 Jun 29, 2010 8:36am

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.

deb301952 06/29/2010 9:08am

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

DSS2010 06/29/2010 9:22am

Can anyone clarify if this bill will extend benefits for those on the federal-state Extended Benefits (EB)? I think some folks refer to it as a ‘tier 5.’This is different from the federally-funded EUC benefits(tiers 1-4).

odiolasgalletas 06/29/2010 8:58am

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

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.

sldhouston 06/29/2010 9:20am
in reply to mojo1951 Jun 29, 2010 9:17am

Michigan has been hit hardest in unemployment. I do not see Mr Camp keeping his Senate seat in the future… do you?

donnyshaw 06/29/2010 9:23am
in reply to DSS2010 Jun 29, 2010 9:22am

There is no Tier V in this bill. 99 weeks would still be the max. I will update the post to clarify that.

sldhouston 06/29/2010 9:34am

We don’t have to worry about the House as much as we have to worry about the Senate… again. These leaders disgust me… “how will it be paid for?” How about this… you know them checks you guys get… how about you disburse some of that money to the unemployed while you duke it out so that way some of us can SURVIVE I bet then you will get that bill passed.. We’ve paid millions into the unemployment… so basically you leaders spent our money a long time ago on misc bullsh!t now when we need it for ourselves, you ask how will it be paid? Am I the only one who see’s something wrong w/this picture???

mojo1951 06/29/2010 9:26am
in reply to sldhouston Jun 29, 2010 9:20am

The problem is, so many people just reads the blogs. They don’t actually see these people in action (ie CSPAN). If I lived in Michigan he certainly wouldn’t get my vote. Sadly, the truth is many people don’t even bother to vote.

lonnienyssa 06/29/2010 9:50am

They are voting NOW!!!!!!!!!!

lonnienyssa 06/29/2010 9:45am

OMG!! This waiting is killing me…. Waiting to see if I have to start calling shelters for me and my children to live at. I am crying due to the stress of waiting… Oh god please let them make the right choice and voe all yays.

CJKell 06/29/2010 9:57am
in reply to lonnienyssa Jun 29, 2010 9:50am

they are ? oh man i’ve been sooooo stressed out lately i’ve been out of a job for 2 years and have been sending my resume and going on interviews but have had no luck i hope this passes

bprante 06/29/2010 9:53am

Thank you to Representatives Jim McDermott and Sander Levin for this bill. I hope the remainder of the House is willing to get on board. I had emailed Senators and my Husband has been calling them to plead the case for the millions in need. I suggest each of you do the same. Perhaps some can cover the Representatives.

sldhouston 06/29/2010 9:56am

While I am thankful that Shaw is reporting back, I’m really curious to know why a bill that affects so many U.S. citizens, is being held from the media? What is the real truth here? Is the media placed under some gag order by our govt? It’s starting to seem that way isn’t it? When back in Easter the threat of benefits ending was all over the news, this has certainly surpassed that story back in Easter yet the media is extremely quiet. If it wasn’t for Shaw or not being able to watch CSPAN2 and go back to report to everyone, we wouldn’t have a clue… There is something fishy with this… what is the govt trying to hide and WHY?

Jaleel 06/29/2010 9:57am
in reply to sldhouston Jun 29, 2010 9:34am

The problem with these guys is power, that is until election time. And not many people watch cspan. I have been researching news station and they have put the unemployed on the backburner all they offer are blog sections. What happen to the local and world news? When a situation is not shown on television we forget the urgency of people lives to just survive. I agree we have paid a great amount into unemployment insurance for many years and yet we are critcize, talked down, called lazy. This is not fair. And if you go to school that can be a purnishment to get retrained or futuring our education. I have tried changing jobs, going down on salary, retraining and relocating. Sometimes I wonder if there are companies placing ads but have no jobs. I will not stop applying but it is fustrating when you know you can do the work. Thanks for letting me vent!!

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

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

Revolution 06/29/2010 10:18am

Still waiting on the Senate version of the Stand alone bill…that has not been presented yet.

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.

realamerican007 06/29/2010 10:16am
in reply to jgpt777 Jun 29, 2010 8:10am

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.

WeThePeopleFightBack2010 06/29/2010 10:09am
in reply to kkilgore Jun 29, 2010 8:40am

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?

WeThePeopleFightBack2010 06/29/2010 10:10am
in reply to jgpt777 Jun 29, 2010 8:39am

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?

lonnienyssa 06/29/2010 10:16am

It frickin failed it did NOT pass. Now what do we do????

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