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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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Chris51 07/10/2010 9:49pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 9:47pm

Republicans only care about one thing, their own job preservation. Reps are working hard to win November’s election with the help of Tea Party Movement (FreedomWorks) and their BIG CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SPECIAL INTEREST.

Oil&Gas Industry Contribution 2009-2010
Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86% Repubs

Kosh has made big contributions to FreedomWorks, a non-profit that funds Tea Party. These 2 organizations are putting a great deal of pressure on Senators to not support UI Ext. with stimulus that require corporations to help pay back through taxes.

Most big corporations have made record profits this year by cutting jobs long-term. They started layoffs in 2007, and putting millions of Americans on unemployment.

They created the business mantra of “DO MORE, WITH LESS”, causing today’s workforce to do more job responsibility with no more pay.

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:48pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 9:47pm

Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle:
If you’ve been following the ongoing Senate campaign of Nevada hopeful Sharron Angle, you know that she’s sick and tired of the long-term unemployed taking home all of those cushy unemployment benefits. Angle’s angle is that these millions of Americans are just living large on the dole and need to have their unemployment benefits terminated so that they will be motivated to go out and get a job — one of the millions of magical jobs that exist in Sharron Angle’s mind!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/30/sharron-angles-unemployme_n_631350.html

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:47pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 9:47pm

Letter was written to Senators:
On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to carefully consider all aspects of H.R. 4213…

If the bill comes to a vote as currently formulated, we encourage you to vote NO, and will track the vote on our Economic Scorecard….

Signed FreedomWorks President and CEO
(FreedomWorks funds Tea Party ;)

http://www.freedomworks.org/publications/freedomworks-to-senate-remove-job-killing-taxes-fr

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:47pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 9:46pm

Top 5 Contributions from Oil&Gas Industry 2009-2010:
1 Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86%Repubs
2 Exxon Mobil $548,214 13% Dems, 87% Repubs
3 Chevron Corp $516,891 18% Dems, 82% Repubs
4 Valero Energy $467,000 17% Dems, 83% Repubs
5 Marathon Oil $378,190 23% Dems, 76% Repubs

Tea Party Movement benefits from millions of dollars from conservative foundations that are derived from wealthy U.S. families and their business interests. Money flowing primarily through two conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks receives substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, which make substantial annual donations to conservative org…
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Tea_Party_movement_funding

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:46pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 6:47am

Oil & Gas Industry, history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 MILLION to candidates and parties since the 1990 (Bush Senior term) election cycle, 75% of which has gone to REPUBLICANS…
Former oilmen George W. Bush and Dick Cheney occupied the White House for 8 yrs, the oil and gas industry could not win support for repealing bans on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. However, Congress voted in 2008 to lift a ban on offshore drilling… Read full story: http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?ind=E0

Drilling bans were lifted during Bush’s last months in WhiteHouse in 2008. The After consumers & transportation industry & economy felt the pain of $1-$2 price hikes of gas, during Summer 2007. It was “the straw that broke the Camel’s backs”, PUTTING USA/AMERICANS INTO TAIL SPIN.

Chris51 07/10/2010 6:47am

Republicans filibustered UI Ext bill! They’re asking for UI Ext be paid, while at the same time they’re fighting to give their Special Interest groups special tax stimulus. Rep are trying to look like they care about the deficit, but for 10 yrs (Bush Admin) they never spoke of concerns for the huge deficit they were digging us into as they approved large spending for Special Interest. The Rep debate on these UI Ext bills are like “broken record”. They want USA to use the stimulus money that is already committed to the agreed upon projects, programs, etc. Republicans want USA to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, so they can try to prolong the problem past November election. This is how they have operated for YEARS, and we’re in worse shape now because of their IRRESPONSIBLENESS. People should not be in Leadership positions if they cant make decision for the problems at hand.
Dont take my word for it. Please read links Donny Shaw and others have provided with accurate research and reporting.

Chris51 07/08/2010 7:00pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 08, 2010 6:59pm

Senator’s excuse for not passing is a false statement.
Read all about it:
The funding argument is even harder to swallow. I’d be more sympathetic with these new converts to fiscal responsibility if they were as enthusiastic about paying for extending $32 billion worth of special interest tax breaks as they are about funding the unemployment extension. If I understand correctly, these lawmakers insist that Congress fund every dime of added jobless aid, which nearly all analysts agree will help boost the economy. But they feel no need to pay for continuing these special interest tax breaks, which will not.
Full Story:
http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/Tax-VOX/2010/0707/Senate-struggles-with-unemployment-benefits

Chris51 07/08/2010 6:59pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 08, 2010 9:56am

GOP are determined to bloc everything the President is trying to do for the USA right now. He has a vested interest, and seems to take pride in doing the best job he can while in office.
We are in trouble as long as Republican politicians continue favoring their special interest.
How can any CEO or Owner of business get anything done if half of his managers or executives stand in his way just to be defiant.

President Obama speech on CSPAN today, while in Kansas City, MO to support a future candidate. Was right on.
If you are an unemployed American, and are thinking no one understands the difficulties of being jobless. Obama speech articulated the financial and emotional struggles well. Hat’s off to the President for saying what needed to be said.

http://cspan.org/Watch/Media/2010/07/08/HP/A/35248/Pres+Obama+Remarks+at+Fundraiser+for+Missouri+Senate+Candidate

Chris51 07/08/2010 9:56am

Read and sign this petition on Change.org today if you agree.

Petition Title: Tell your Senators to vote for an emergency extension of UI Benefits.

http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/category/employment_unemployment

Chris51 07/07/2010 9:11pm

CNN has actually screened and blocked several comments/blogs that expose the truth about the Republican Senators in regards to the UI Ext bills.

Here are some stories written with very accurate reporting of the UI Ext Crisis.

The unemployment emergency
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/05/AR2010070502658.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Senate struggles with unemployment benefits
http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/Tax-VOX/2010/0707/Senate-struggles-with-unemployment-benefits

Calls to Suicide Hotlines Skyrocket Along with Unemployment
http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/view/calls_to_suicide_hotlines_skyrocket_along_with_unemployment

Chris51 07/03/2010 9:58pm

REPUBLICAN FILIBUSTER ON UI EXT BILLS!
Why don’t our Senators get that there is a great need?

The job market is broken.
The corporate executives are not going to give up their year-end profit bonus by adding jobs/payroll to their companies.

Here are a few stories on our jobless nation:

Job recovery hits a wall
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_june/index.htm

Job gloom at all time high
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/03/news/economy/discouraged_workers/index.htm

7.9 million jobs lost- many forever
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_gone_forever/index.htm

Jobless claims spike
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/01/news/economy/jobless_claims/index.htm

Thousands at risk for losing unemployment benefits
http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/money/job_news/unemployment-benefits-jeopardy-6-28-2010

Chris51 07/01/2010 10:17pm
in reply to jgpt777 Jun 29, 2010 8:36am

$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.

Chris51 07/01/2010 8:48am
in reply to jgpt777 Jun 29, 2010 8:36am

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

Chris51 06/30/2010 10:33pm
in reply to jgpt777 Jun 29, 2010 8:36am

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

Chris51 06/30/2010 6:44am
in reply to jgpt777 Jun 29, 2010 8:36am

• 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

bobbybixler 06/30/2010 4:21am
in reply to jgpt777 Jun 29, 2010 8:10am

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.

Chris51 06/29/2010 10:55pm
in reply to XvxRAINxvX Jun 29, 2010 8:32am

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

Chris51 06/29/2010 3:22pm

Once again, Republicans defeat a proposed extension of unemployment benefits for workers who have been jobless…

Yet Congress was able to rushed through SEVERAL billion $$$ bailoutS of Wall Street in 2007-2008. Starting with JPMORGAN CHASE.
The Wall Street Journal reported a few weeks ago that American corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, the highest figure in history. In other words, big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds that could put millions back to work. 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..

Get in touch with what really is happening by going to CSPAN.org and www.CHANGE.org

Revolution 06/29/2010 3:21pm

“When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but do not quit.
Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.”

triciacelt 06/29/2010 2:10pm

thank you to Senator Levin….because this doesnt make sense….it is either more money for unemployment or more money for welfare….take your pick…

Revolution 06/29/2010 11:31am
in reply to lonnienyssa Jun 29, 2010 11:06am

The House Version is not completely dead either..the vote that was defeated earlier was to move faster on passing to the Senate etc..that failed..but now the House can vote under regular rules to pass and get to the Senate but may take a longer period Today-Thursday etc…Dont give up,, they are feeling the pressure and know this is an emergency and that their posturing/playing games is not going to be tolerated. Hang in there!

Revolution 06/29/2010 11:26am
in reply to lonnienyssa Jun 29, 2010 11:06am

Yes there is another attempt. The Senator from Michigan presented the bill and now it must be presented by the Senate to the floor so it can be voted on etc. the problem is that they are not going to present it unless they think there is support on the Republican side..I have read there may be some hope there and that Reid is working with the Republicans to get it done prior to the end of the week. If you press blogs at the top of the page, look for the stand alone bill presented by the Michigan Senator and you can read a little more on it..it is only 3 pages and extends the Unemployment along with the extra $25 I think until November. They are working behind the scenes to get this to the floor for the vote. Obviously the Republicans are feeling the heat to support the assistance. Keep calling/e-mailing etc…hope that helps

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.

peony8702 06/29/2010 11:13am

Revolution!… thanks for the information. I didn’t know there was another bill. so there is still hope….

I don’t understand why the unemployment extention money can’t be found, if that is the problem, frankly?? does anyone have any thoughts on this?

I understand from what I’ve read umemployment extentions have always been considered emergency funding, not pay/go. But now the GOP + some Dems are dmanding pay/go, so this isn’t an emergency???,
at this point,can’t they just come up with some money so people can get paid?

NevadaMod 06/29/2010 11:12am

Can you believe that these persons who represent the people are playing with the lives of so many? Political showboating should be a capitol offense; I do not care what side of the isle you are on. Where was their concern over the deficit when the banks that were “too big to fail” needed two trillion dollars, they lined up their jets and flew in from all over the country to pass trillions to aide Wall Street and the banks. Now when citizens need assistance and it is a matter of people starving they want to play like they are concerned; just like the addict who spent his pay check on his addiction buys a candy bar to feed his children all week. My prayers go out to the people who are trying to make it in this economy, and I also pray that the ones refusing to help have nightmares about it.

Chris51 06/29/2010 11:10am
in reply to EmilyGoodall Jun 29, 2010 10:20am

President Obama gets it. The GOP who are busy watching out for Wall Street/Corporations. Shame on Congress for not coming up with a solution for all its unemployed americans.

Watch President Obama discussion on this earlier today, go to CSPAN.
http://cspan.org/Watch/Media/2010/06/29/HP/A/34826/Pres+Obama+Remarks+on+the+Economy.aspx

Then go to wwww.change.org
http://www.change.org/petitions/view/we_demand_an_immediate_passage_of_bill_hr_4213_extension_of_unemployment_benefits

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